Mandatory obligations for reporting the energy efficiency of buildings commenced on 1 November 2010 under the Commonwealth Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010.
Most sellers or lessors of office space of 2000 square metres or more are required to obtain and disclose an up-to-date energy efficiency rating.
From 1 November 2011 a full Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) will need to be disclosed. BEECs are valid for 12 months, must be publicly accessible on the online Register on the CBD website, and include:
- a NABERS Energy star rating for the building
- an assessment of the energy efficiency of tenancy lighting in the area of the building that is being sold or leased, and
- general energy efficiency guidance.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF FACILITY MANAGERS?
Facilities managers have an important role in assisting building owners and lessors to comply with the program.
To undertake a NABERS Energy rating, the assessor will require the last 12 months’ records of energy use data – which means being able to access the energy bills (e.g. electricity, gas and diesel if the building also has generators).