Australian office energy rating scheme launches in the UK

An energy rating scheme for offices, NABERS UK Energy for Offices, is now available to asset owners, operators and managers looking to assess and improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

The NABERS UK Energy for Offices scheme rates the performance of the ‘base’ building, including central services such as heating and cooling systems, lifts and lobby lighting.

This allows office buildings to be rated and compared based on landlord services, providing occupiers, investors and other stakeholders with an indicator of the energy efficiency of the building.

Farah Syed, product manager for NABERS UK, said: “We are very excited to launch NABERS UK Energy for Offices here in the UK.

“It is a fantastic product that will help drive significant improvements to the energy efficiency of offices, as we have already seen in Australia, the origin of NABERS.

“Energy for Offices will be a key enabler of the change needed for industry to succeed in achieving net zero targets.”

NABERS, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System, started as an initiative by the Australian government to measure and compare the environmental performance of Australian buildings and tenancies.

The scheme is said to have had a significant impact in transforming the market Down Under.

The rating provides owners with an independent validation of energy data that property owners can use to compare their buildings with other buildings in their portfolio and those of their peers across the UK.

Using benchmarks represented by a 6 Star scale, the scheme provides a framework for target setting and reporting.

The scheme will be governed by a Steering Committee comprised of NABERS, the Better Buildings Partnership and the Building Research Establishment (BRE), with BRE the UK administrator responsible for assessor training and building certification.

Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership, added: “It is fantastic to see the NABERS UK Energy for Offices scheme launched to the market.

“The industry has called for a scheme that enables property owners to assess, benchmark, verify and disclose the energy performance of their assets for many years.

“This scheme responds to that demand, building on the enviable reputation of NABERS in Australia.

“We hope that it will drive the significant improvement in energy efficiency in commercial offices that is urgently needed if the industry is to deliver on its net zero ambitions.”

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