Energy saving information and programs for business in Australia are constantly evolving due to new technology and, most especially, changes in government policy and funding. The following is just some of the national initiatives currently available, and in development, as at mid-year 2014.
￼￼In a boost for those undertaking ‘green’ commercial property upgrades, $80 million in funding for Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) has been committed by The Australian Environmental Upgrade Fund (TAEUF).
Since 2011, Investa has reduced its electricity intensity by 8.5 percent and its greenhouse gas emission intensity by 10 percent through building management a number of tenant incentives.
How to successfully integrate a building management system and an energy management system is shared by NIGEL WRAIGHT, manager at Thomas Wraight Asset Management, Facility and Property Services.
The proper commissioning of HVAC systems represents one of the quickest and most cost-effective opportunities to increase energy efficiency. How to grasp these opportunities is explained by LASATH LECAMWASAM of GHD Canberra.
PAUL ANGUS, hydraulic engineering team leader at WSP Sydney, discusses the merits of creating a water strategy to mitigate the risks of water scarcity and to take advantage of the vast water conservation opportunities available.
A $1 million grant given to CitySwitch Green Office will enable the program to be expanded outside Australia’s capital city CBDs and into regional areas.
Rialto Towers’ 70 million litre annual water consumption is expected to be reduced to 49 million litres – a reduction of almost one third of the annual usage – following a toilet suite upgrade.
New Zealand has adopted the NABERS program and launched NABERS NZ.
How low-cost solutions were used to produce easy-to-use, effective opportunities in energy efficiency at CBRE’s Adelaide office, which won a state CitySwitch Award, is revealed by DAVID LOW of CBRE.
DR MIREK PIECHOWSKI from Meinhardt Australia reveals how an improved investment outcome can be achieved when embarking on a sustainable refurbishment.
Facility Management interviews Sam Furphy, founder and chairman of Urban Maintenance Systems, chairman of Furphy Foundry, director of Ultum and a director of NuGreen Solutions.
NABERS Energy for data centres rating tools have been released, becoming the latest tools in the National Australian Built Environment Rating System.
Solar panels, carbon neutral operations and a comprehensive suite of energy efficient equipment initiatives gave Sydney businesses the winning edge at the CitySwitch Green Office Awards for office energy efficiency.
CETEC’s ADAM GARNYS discusses the state of indoor environment quality (IEQ) in Australia, questions where the responsibility for IEQ lies and debates how a balance can be created for better IEQ in the long run.