Accelerating action on energy efficient buildings

Mid-tier commercial buildings will be the focus of a City of Sydney-sponsored forum encouraging increased energy and water efficiency measures.

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) will deliver the Sydney Forum for Mid-Tier Commercial Buildings on Tuesday 13 June to give building owners, managers, tenants and service providers a better understanding of the opportunities to reduce their emissions and slash their energy and water bills.

Mid-tier buildings are generally smaller than 10,000 square metres and in most cases have a diverse ownership profile. They have typically been built before 2000, have a lower level of efficiency than premium buildings and are without a dedicated facilities management team.

“Around 80 per cent of all emissions generated in the City of Sydney come from buildings – of which, 1,310 are classified as mid-tier commercial buildings. Unfortunately the mid-tier sector has not been as active as the premium building sector when it comes to energy efficiency retrofits,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“There is a low level of awareness by mid-tier decision makers of the programs, tools and resources available to help them become more efficient.

“Our work with the Better Buildings Partnership has helped engage the leading commercial and public sector landlords in Sydney, but there are plenty of buildings that don’t fall into that category which is why the Sydney Forum is so important.

AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson said the Sydney Forum at the University of Technology Sydney presented an opportunity for the mid-tier sector to save on operating costs and reduce emissions.

“We’re now at a stage where most owners of premium and A-grade buildings understand the importance of energy efficiency, resilience and sustainability,” Mr Gleeson said.

“Unfortunately, the mid-tier has been left lagging behind. Most buildings don’t have a NABERs rating.

“The aim of the Sydney Forum is to increase the relationship between all stakeholders in the mid-tier supply chain. All parties need to collaborate and work towards common objectives to achieve energy-efficient buildings.”

The forum will be curated by a collaboration including AIRAH, City of Sydney, the Energy Efficiency Council, the Green Building Council of Australia, UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, NABERS and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

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