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Energy Efficiency 101

Energy Efficiency 101

November 20, 2016

Written by Kieran McLean, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and Founder of EQ esco. Every journey starts at the beginning. If you’re considering investing in energy efficiency, this is the place to start. In the next 5-10 minutes, I’ll give you the inside scoop on how things work in the energy efficiency … Read More

Is Now the Time to Upgrade Commercial Buildings in Victoria?

Is Now the Time to Upgrade Commercial Buildings in Victoria?

May 31, 2017

Winter 2017, is this the perfect time for energy upgrades for commercial buildings in Victoria? The Federal Government is requiring more office buildings to advertise their NABERS energy rating, energy security has become a mainstream conversation topic, and the Victorian Government are offering finance and financing assistance to building owners. Commercial Building Disclosure Program The … Read More

How to Complete a NABERS Rating Self-Assessment

How to Complete a NABERS Rating Self-Assessment

May 19, 2017

If your building is about to become affected by the Commercial Building Disclosure program, it is worthwhile completing a NABERS rating self-assessment to align your expectations. It may also give you an opportunity to improve your rating before advertising it becomes legislated. To complete a NABERS energy self-assessment you’ll need to select between a Base … Read More

The Silver Lining of the CBD Program

The Silver Lining of the CBD Program

April 18, 2017

The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program has been in Federal Government legislation since 2010. However, from the 1st July 2017, the threshold for commercial properties requiring an energy efficiency assessment will reduce from 2,000m2 to 1,000m2 if they are to be sold, leased or sub-leased. Whilst many will be annoyed with the additional compliance cost, … Read More

The Difference Between An Energy Rating and Energy Audit

The Difference Between An Energy Rating and Energy Audit

February 1, 2017

There is a fundamental difference between energy ratings, such as NABERS ratings, and an energy audit. Energy ratings compare your facility with benchmarks for industry best practice. For example, NABERS takes energy consumption, facility size, location, and operating hours to determine a rating on a 0 to 6-star scale. An Energy audit on the other … Read More

Three Elements Shifting Energy Efficiency Investment

Three Elements Shifting Energy Efficiency Investment

January 23, 2017

There is a lot of ‘hype’ around energy efficiency right now and it’s coming from a range of different sources. The Federal government have ratified the Paris climate change agreement, committing Australia to reduce emission reduction by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. A big part of this is directly through energy efficiency measures identified … Read More

Protect Your Investment as ‘Green’ Property Becomes the Norm

Protect Your Investment as ‘Green’ Property Becomes the Norm

January 17, 2017

Written by Kieran McLean, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and Founder of EQ esco. In the December 2016 Australia and New Zealand Property Journal, it was noted of the commercial property market, “Going green has become the norm, and those left outside the movement will find their Return on Investment (ROI) may … Read More

Will CBD Impact Tenant Decision Making?

Will CBD Impact Tenant Decision Making?

December 7, 2016

  With the expansion of the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program, property owners and managers need to ask, “Will the CBD program influence tenant decision-making?” After all, this is exactly what the program is intended to do. The effectiveness of the program and the efficiency of your building will combine to create different investment outcomes. This infographic … Read More

How Sustainability Professionals Can Enable Lasting Efficiency

How Sustainability Professionals Can Enable Lasting Efficiency

November 29, 2016

Why do energy savings deteriorate after a project is completed and handed over? With much enthusiasm, you and your Sustainability Team have set an ambitious target for delivering emission reductions for your organisation. Senior management have approved your project, and you’ve engaged an energy efficiency provider who has delivered your upgrade. In the first year, … Read More

What is the Commercial Building Disclosure Program?

What is the Commercial Building Disclosure Program?

November 23, 2016

If you sell, lease or sub-lease a commercial building over 2,000m2, you are legally required to have a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC). This legal requirement is legislated in the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010, and is more commonly known as the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program. So far, over 1,500 unique buildings have been … Read More

Proving You Made a Good Investment – M&V

Proving You Made a Good Investment – M&V

November 16, 2016

If your organisation is undertaking an energy efficiency project and hasn’t been given a plan for how energy savings will be measured, consider this; would the project go ahead if there were no energy savings associated with it? When investing in energy efficiency, a Measurement & Verification (M&V) Plan outlines the method for proving the … Read More

Is an Energy Performance Contract Right for Your Business?

Is an Energy Performance Contract Right for Your Business?

November 14, 2016

What is an Energy Performance Contract? An Energy Performance Contract (EPC) is the exchange of guaranteed energy savings for financial consideration (money). EPCs are delivered by Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) who are experts in delivering energy efficiency upgrades. For the customer, EPCs can pass technical and financial risk to the ESCO courtesy of the guaranteed … Read More

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