Choosing and managing an energy-efficient office space can result in significant financial savings for businesses.
If you own your building, energy-efficiency improvements can increase your property value. It can also attract higher rental returns if you were to lease your property as tenants are increasingly seeking to occupy energy-efficient buildings.
If you are looking to lease building space, you can reduce your energy costs by 25% by leasing energy-efficient space and implementing energy saving initiatives. For example, by choosing a tenancy with energy-efficient lighting, businesses can save between $30,000 (for a 500m2 space) and $140,000 (for a 2000m2 space) over the term of a 5 year lease.
You may also want to consider negotiating a green lease. With this type of lease, the tenant and the building owner look at ways to jointly reduce the energy usage of the premises, which can often result in a financial win for both parties.
CitySwitch, a free sustainability program supporting office-based businesses to improve energy and waste efficiency, has developed a range of case studies to demonstrate how commercial offices have improved their energy efficiency, including:
- Psaros – the first mid-tier property developer in WA to create a carbon neutral head office.
- Exergy – achieved a 6-star NABERS rating without Green Power.
- ACORPP – engaged staff in their office move and other energy-efficiency improvements.
- Viridis – the team of this small design agency involved their team in the choice of a sustainable office space.
- WT Sustainability – used in house skills to integrate sustainability principles in the design and construction of their new office space.
- Steensen Varming – put in place a green lease with their landlord.
- AMP Capital – encouraged staff to compete to reduce energy and improve recycling
Other resources include:
Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program – provides energy efficiency information for commercial office spaces.
Building Energy-Efficiency Register – a search tool for finding the most energy-efficient property to purchase or rent.
National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) – offers an overview on how ratings from zero to six stars are assessed and how to self-assess buildings for free, or find a professional to conduct an accredited rating.
Calculating Cool tool – as well as its calculator, the site includes advice on how to benchmark the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in relation to best practice as well as to understand energy standards and energy ratings for appliances and equipment, including labelling.
Energy Rating – includes information on energy standards and energy ratings for appliances and equipment, including labelling to enable businesses to compare appliances and equipment and find the most energy efficient products.
Supply chain and logistics
Energy is one of the biggest operating costs in the supply chain and logistics sector. Improving the energy efficiency of transport operations and warehouses can result in a more profitable and competitive business.
The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) website provides energy efficient solutions for Australian transport and logistics SMEs.
SCLAA has also produced guides on energy efficiency for the supply chain and logistics sector. These guides cover topics such as the importance of data, and identifying, evaluating, and implementing energy efficiency opportunities.
Also see the transport pages for more energy efficiency opportunities, case studies and resources.