In Australia all sellers or lessors of office space of 2,000 square metres or more are required to obtain and disclose a current Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) which includes an energy star rating and lighting assessment. Heating and cooling efficiency is a major determinant of the base building’s rating. When tenants require green office space it drives up the priority for facilities managers to provide high performing base building services.
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Many efficiency actions that tenants identify and implement through a planning process will cut waste heat from their equipment. Any reductions in heat load on the floor will take pressure off the heating and cooling systems – for example, after-hours lighting timers, computer shut-downs, and photocopier sleep modes.
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By engaging with the facilities manager, tenants can be more active in helping to optimise their heating and cooling effectiveness. Some key measures to reduce HVAC and energy waste are:
The guiding principle for fit out is to not work against or undo any optimisation strategies that the building manager is carrying out. Some examples are:
Lamp recycling can help reduce the amount of mercury being sent to landfill. FluoroCycle is a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps.
Energy Gov Au provides a range of information and practical advice on energy saving for households and businesses including a rebate sorter for available assistance from Australian, state and territory governments for energy efficiency improvements.
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