Adopt non-technical building management strategies
Many non-technical factors can impact on energy performance.[1. Bannister, P et al (2009) Low Energy High Rise Building Research Study – Final Research Survey Report. The Warren Centre]
The structures of leases, maintenance contracts and management responsibilities can support or hinder efforts to cut energy waste.
There are also a number of actions tenants can take to reduce their own energy use through energy efficient fitouts, benchmarking energy use, empowering staff and purchasing efficient office equipment. [1. Office of Environment and Heritage NSW (2012) Energy Management Guide for Tenants NABERS]
The Warren Centre has identified a series of practical means to improve the energy performance of large commercial buildings by implementing these non-technical measures listed below.
|Energy efficiency measure||NABERS energy impact||Measure summary (buildings perform best when):|
|Management||1.3 stars||Management is at least partially in-sourced|
|Empowerment and accountability||0.9 stars||Building, asset and portfolio managers all feel able to affect efficiency|
|Disclosure||0.5 stars||NABERS performance is disclosed to tenants|
|Incentives and penalties||0.4 stars||Service contracts provide efficiency penalties/incentive to maintenance contractors|
|Training and skills||0.5 stars||There is an efficiency training program|
|1.3 stars||The manager reports a higher level of energy efficiency knowledge|
Source: 'Low Energy High Rise Building Research Study – Final Research Survey Report', p. 7)[2. Bannister, P et al (2009) Low Energy High Rise Building Research Study – Final Research Survey Report. The Warren Centre]
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