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Beginner's Guide to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Beginner's Guide to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

For tenants to improve Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Beginner's Guide to Office Waste Management

Beginner's Guide to Office Waste Management

Manage waste using the waste hierarchy: avoidance is most preferable, then re-use, recyclability, recovery, then lastly disposal.

Case Study: WT Sustainability

Case Study: WT Sustainability

WTS took the opportunity, when fitting out their new office in North Sydney, to use in-house expertise and knowledge in integrating sustainable design and construction practice and initiatives. They successfully achieved their goal of a 6 Star NABERS Energy tenancy rating and now have an energy consumption level of 78 per cent less than a typical office.

Why choose a high-performing building

Why choose a high-performing building

An indicative estimate of the financial benefits of high-performing buildings, in terms of electricity saved, reduced absenteeism, retention and productivity.

Overview of the commercial building disclosure program

Overview of the commercial building disclosure program

The Commercial Building Disclosure program provides mandatory performance ratings for offices, in the form of BEECs (Building Energy Efficiency Certificates).

How tenants can influence heating and cooling

Tenants can support and improve their building manager's heating and cooling performance in a number of ways

HVAC overview

Understanding how heating and cooling contributes to electricity consumption helps tenants and building operators collaborate for efficiency.

Undertaking a lighting audit

By undertaking a lighting audit, you can assess usage, fixture quantity and quality and illumination and wattage levels. CitySwitch toolkits can help non-technical staff start the audit process in-house.
Case Study: GlasgowHart

Case Study: GlasgowHart

Simple energy-saving measures have created a sustainable workplace for GlasgowHart, a Sydney firm who deliver intelligent new workspaces for a range of clients. Their efforts helped them achieve a 5 star NABERS Energy rating and influence their clients in the process.

CitySwitch rating discount

A reduced administration fee applies for a NABERS Energy tenancy or whole building rating carried out by or on behalf of CitySwitch Signatories. See how to claim a discount voucher.

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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.