Improving the energy efficiency of office
1 November 2010 (NSW) there will be extra incentive to improve the
efficiency of commercial office spaces of 2,000 square metres or more.
the start date for mandatory disclosure under the new national
Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program.
CBD program has been developed by the Australian, state and territory,
governments as part of a broad package of measures to encourage
building energy efficiency. It is managed by the Australian Government
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
the CBD program, most sellers or lessors of office space of 2,000
square metres or more will be required to obtain and disclose an
up-to-date energy efficiency rating,” says Gene McGlynn, the
Department’s Assistant Secretary responsible for implementing the
the 12 month transition period—from 1 November 2010 to 31 October
2011—building owners and lessors will need to disclose a valid NABERS
Energy star rating when offering for sale, lease or sublease
commercial office space with a net lettable area of 2,000 square metres
or more. The NABERS Energy rating must be a base or whole building
rating, registered on the CBD program’s publicly accessible website,
and included in any advertising.
the transition period, from 1 November 2011, building owners and
lessors selling, leasing or subleasing commercial office space of 2,000
square metres or more will need a valid Building Energy Efficiency
Certificate. These Certificates will include a NABERS Energy star
rating, information about the energy efficiency of tenancy lighting,
and general energy efficiency guidance.
commercial building sector is responsible for approximately 10 per cent
of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions—generating around 60 million
tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2006. There are more than 21
million square metres of commercial office space in Australia’s cities
spread across nearly 4,000 buildings. It is expected that more than
half those buildings will be required to provide energy efficiency
information when sold, leased or subleased.
of not complying
and lessors who don’t comply with the Act risk delays in the sale or
lease of the building if they are not ready for mandatory disclosure.
If they proceed without disclosure, they risk a fine or prosecution.
Civil penalties of up to $110,000 for the first day and $11,000 for
each subsequent day may be imposed by a Court for each breach of a
disclosure obligation. Alternatively, the Australian Government
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency can issue an
infringement notice of up to $11,000 for the first day and $1,100 for
each subsequent day of non-compliance.