Benefits of NABERS

  • The benefits of NABERS - sustainable buildings and tenancies

    Through the widespread use of NABERS, the Australian commercial property industry has gained a reputation as leading the world in the greening of its buildings and tenancies. Buildings with high NABERS ratings are now valued in the marketplace, attracting higher valuations, and enjoying lower operating costs.

    NABERS is unique internationally in its approach to measuring the environmental impacts of buildings. It is the only environmental rating tool that provides a reliable benchmark of the actual environmental performance of a building compared to other Australian buildings.

    Today, annual NABERS ratings are an essential component of the building management cycle for most commercial property portfolios. A high NABERS rating is recognised across the property industry as a symbol of sustainability leadership and good management.

    A NABERS rating allows businesses to improve operational efficiency and productivity, demonstrate their commitment to protect and conserve the environment as well as optimise the triple bottom line – financial, social and environmental outcomes.

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  • A NABERS accredited rating:


    • Delivers demonstrated financial benefits, such as reduced operating costs, increased value, increased rental income and reduced vacancy rates.
    • Provides market recognition and a competitive advantage for building owners and tenants who operate in an environmentally efficient manner. NABERS gives companies the confidence to promote their building performance with reputable government certification.
    • Helps to create a better work environment for employees which has positive benefits for any company.
    • Can help landlords to meet tenant expectations for greener buildings and workplaces, in particular government tenants who require a minimum 4.5 star ratings.
    • Provides a credible, independently verified means for benchmarking and monitoring actual improvements in performance.
    • Encourages best practice, by providing realistic but aspirational benchmarks that encourage owners and tenants to minimise their environmental impacts.
    • Can help to identify cost saving opportunities over time and across a portfolio - property owners can use NABERS to inform them of the performance of buildings across a portfolio and, through targeted resource allocation, better manage their impacts on the environment.
    • Buildings with a 1 to 3 star rating will often have significant, cost-effective opportunities to improve, and to achieve energy and water savings.

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  • What are the benefits for new office building developments and tenancies?

    New office buildings designed and built with sustainability in mind are able to attract and retain tenants who value good environmental performance.

    A NABERS Energy Commitment Agreement ensures that future performance is considered from the design phase, reducing base building energy costs over the life of the building in a market of rising energy costs.

    It also enables developers, building owners and tenants to promote and market excellent greenhouse performance whilst the building is being designed, constructed and leased. So you can use NABERS to market your environmental performance from day one of the development process.

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    Commitment Agreement certificate

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