Treasury has gained a 3-star NabersNZ certified rating, the first awarded under the new energy measurement & rating scheme for New Zealand office buildings.
Nabers – the National Australian built environment rating system – was adopted last month for New Zealand. The Nabers & NabersNZ trademarks are held by the New South Wales state government and the New Zealand scheme is licensed to New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority. The NZ Green Building Council administers the programme.
The scheme gives ratings from one to 6 stars. Treasury’s 3-star rating is at the upper end of the range representing typical energy performance for New Zealand office buildings – 2.5-3 stars. The ratings can be obtained for tenancies, base buildings or whole buildings.
Treasury leases 7400m² on 10 floors at 1 The Terrace, Wellington, which is owned by Precinct Properties Ltd. Precinct, the largest owner of premium inner-city business space in Auckland & Wellington, has committed to getting NabersNZ ratings for its entire $1.6 billion portfolio, and provided key building information to enable the Treasury rating.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority chief executive Mike Underhill said the ratings simplified complex energy use information so it could be easily understood & compared, which would become invaluable in driving improvement: “Most office buildings & tenancies could make energy savings of up to 25%. Getting & improving a NabersNZ rating is the best way to identify &make these savings.
“A typical premium, serviced office building in the cbd of one of our main centres could spend between $300-500,000/year on energy, so the potential saving is very significant.”
The Treasury rating was carried out by Patrick Arnold from eCubed Building Workshop, one of 11 NabersNZ trainee assessors.
Attribution: Company release.