Energy Efficiency in Government Operations - Green Lease Schedules


Commonwealth of Australia


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. 

Green Lease Schedules are designed to provide an effective legal and management mechanism for building tenants and owners to maximise the energy efficiency of the office buildings they occupy.

At the time of writing this case study, the building located at 50 Marcus Clark Street in Canberra was owned by Walker Corporation, and has been leased and occupied by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) since mid-2010. The lease included a Green Lease Schedule which has proven to be a practical and effective way of managing energy efficiency and sustainability of the building. This case study includes an assessment of building documentation, performance reports and detailed consultation with the building owner and tenant representatives organisations.

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