Energy Efficiency in Government Operations - Green Lease Schedules

The Green Lease Schedule is a formal commitment between tenants and building owners which sets a minimum ongoing operational building energy performance standard. The Australian Government has led the way in the use of green leases and in 2006 introduced Green Lease Schedule requirements for new office leases as a key component to the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) policy. 

Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) reports

The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has 10 task groups, which includes the Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) co-chaired by Australia and the USA. BEET is a collaborative platform for countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency policies, with a core focus on building rating systems and building codes.

Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy


Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) is the Australian Government’s policy on energy efficiencies in Government Operations. 

The EEGO factsheets contain detailed information about different aspects of the policy.


Energy-mass balance - commercial buildings


This is a guide on how to effectively develop an energy-mass balance (EMB), a method for accounting for the energy and material flows  for a commercial building and its processes. It was designed for corporations to meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program but can used by any large energy user.


Tenant's Guide to Green Leases


The guide provides an overview of the basic concepts and elements of Green Leasing, to assist private tenants to achieve better environmental outcomes from the leasing and on-going management of their office space.

Green Lease Handbook


The Green Lease Handbook complements the Tenant's Guide and contains more detailed legal and technical information.

Lighting upgrade - Albion Budget Supermarket


At the Albion Budget Supermarket in Brunswick West Melbourne a public event helped provide funds for sustainability improvements. Called a ‘Carrotmob’, this event promises businesses a ‘mob’ of consumers in exchange for the business owner spending some of that additional revenue on sustainability improvements. The $700 raised at this event covered the cost of replacing half the supermarkets existing lights with more efficient T5 fluorescent tubes. In turn, that has saved the owners money. The supermarket is on track to save over $600 in electricity costs every year.

Low cost sustainable solutions - Breathe Architecture


At sustainable architecture practice Breathe Architecture, the company applies the principles it uses to help clients create buildings with lighter footprints to its own office. Insulation, fans and smart design of window placement draw cool air in and push hot air out, negating the need for air conditioning.  Amongst other things: second-hand furniture and fittings save money and carbon emissions, and staff are given a sustainability induction to discuss these and other measures in place.