Sustainable offices recognised at CitySwitch Green Office awards
Clean and green businesses from across the nation have been recognised at the national CitySwitch Green Office awards.
NSW winners included the State Library of NSW (Signatory of the Year over 2000 square metres), Architectus (Signatory of the Year under 2000 square metres), Norman Disney & Young and Westpac (Partnership of the Year) and Marlin Communications (NSW Signatory of the Year).
Frasers Property Australia were crowned the CitySwitch National Signatory of the Year, for a series of upgrade works at their St Kilda office which focused on staff health and wellbeing, improved their NABERS rating from four to five stars and accommodated a growing number of workers.
HESTA was awarded a highly commended in the tightly-fought category.
The National New Signatory of the Year went to KPMG, who made an impressive transformation of their tenancy energy performance, achieved a 72 per cent waste recovery rate and reduced paper by more than 8 million sheets. WAX design and dsquared consulting – two small creative agencies from Adelaide – secured the National Partnership of the Year award for working together to install solar panels onsite.
“CitySwitch has come a long way from the small program offered by three Sydney councils in 2005. It has spread across the country and is now receiving global recognition for the way it has engaged businesses of all sizes to make a difference on carbon emissions,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore says.
“It’s a heartening sign that Australian business is serious about its environmental impacts, and also that it has been quick to grasp the business benefits of a green economy. Since 2011, CitySwitch members across Australia have slashed emissions while saving a combined $34 million in electricity bills.
“CitySwitch National Signatory of the Year, Frasers, achieved a 4.5 star NABERS Indoor Environment Quality rating with improvements to lighting, air quality, natural ventilation and maximising use of natural light.”
The national winners were selected from the state champions by a judging panel that included representatives from the Green Building Council Australia, and Property Council of Australia.