A Snapshot of NABERS and GreenStar and how CitySwitch completes the puzzle

30 May 2014

As the base building energy efficiency of office buildings improves, through better management, many building and business owners are turning their attention to ways for office tenants to save even more energy.

Currently two voluntary national accreditation programs exist to measure and report on environmental performance of office tenancies and assist in guiding best practice office fitouts.

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RICS Leasa App Helps Being Choosy Really Add Up

13 February 2014

The RICS ‘LEASA’ App and associated Guide, which WT Sustainability helped develop, allows tenants to evaluate office premises, bringing sustainability to the fore, and, through one part of the App, allowing the potential cost of running the lighting in an office to be easily understood in advance of signing a lease.

LEASA helps commercial office tenants to rate and choose the most appropriate office space for their needs with full knowledge of the potential cost of lighting.  It does that by helping them to determine which office tenancies are more energy efficient.

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WT Sustainability Wins Two CitySwitch Awards

28 November 2013

WT Sustainability (WTS) last night (27 November) received two awards at the CitySwitch New South Wales and National Awards ceremony held at Sydney Town Hall.

At the State level WTS was named State Signatory of the Year (under 2,000 m2) for their tenancy fitout in North Sydney which has achieved a NABERS office tenancy rating of 6 Stars before the purchase of GreenPower.

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WT Sustainability Wins the Better Business Partnership Energy Saver Award

23 October 2013

WT Sustainability received the Better Business Energy Saver Award at the Better Business Partnerships (BBP) Better Business Awards at a gala dinner held at Sydney Luna Park’s Crystal Palace on Tuesday 23 October 2013.

The Better Business Awards showcase and recognise the achievements of the BBP’s 250+ member businesses who are working towards success through sustainability.

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Vote for WT Sustainability in the Better Business Awards

25 September 2013

The Government May Not Care About the Environment, But We Do!

Show you care about the environment and vote for WT Sustainability in the Better Business Partnership’s 2013 Better Business People’s Choice Award.
The Better Business Partnership is a joint Council program designed to improve the sustainability of businesses located on Sydney’s North Shore.  WT Sustainability has been nominated based on the outstanding energy and sustainability results their tenancy fitout is achieving. (see http://www.wtsustainability.com.au/2013/03/wt-sustainabilitys-sydney-office-confirmed-as-one-of-the-nations-most-energy-efficient/)
To vote go to http://www.betterbusinesspartnership.com.au/Vote.html and select WT Sustainability from the ‘Professional Services and Other’ field.

WT Sustainability’s Sydney Office Confirmed As One Of The Nation’s Most Energy Efficient

18 March 2013

WT Sustainability’s (WTS) Sydney office has achieved a NABERS office tenancy rating of 6 Stars before the purchase of GreenPower.

A 6-Star rating is viewed as an aspirational target within the construction and property sectors, as very few developments actually achieve the rating. Only 22 other organisations nationwide have achieved a 6-Star rating for their office tenancies and of those only 3, including WTS, maintain their rating without GreenPower. Read more

NABERS Releases Energy For Data Centres Rating Tool

8 February 2013

NABERS has just announced the release of the new ‘NABERS Energy for Data Centres’ rating tools.

The three new tools include IT Equipment, Infrastructure and Whole Facility:

  • IT Equipment: a world first in measuring and benchmarking the energy efficiency of the IT equipment within a data centre.
  • Infrastructure: uses the internationally recognised Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to assess the efficiency of the infrastructure services in providing suitable conditions to the IT equipment housed in the data centre.
  • Whole Facility: equivalent to a Whole Building rating under NABERS for offices.

Download the NABERS Data Centre Rating Tool Factsheet or visit www.NABERS.gov.au to find out more.

Life Cycle Costing of Trigeneration Plants

12 September 2012

Engineers love fads – and the latest is cogeneration/trigeneration. Whilst there is no doubt that a well thought through system can deliver significant financial and environmental benefits, the situation is not as rosy as some engineers might have us believe.

When confronted with a cogeneration/trigeneration proposal, life cycle costing analysis should always be undertaken. This however is not a simple exercise, and having just completed such an analysis on a high profile project in Canberra, we thought it prudent to highlight a couple of traps.

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Introducing Pratik Shah

12 September 2012

Our latest member of the WTS team, Pratik Shah, moved from his native India to Australia in early 2006 to study Sustainable Design. He is a qualified architect who has chosen to focus on Sustainability. With a Masters of Design Science from the University of Sydney, Pratik has worked on a number of sustainability projects ranging from a detached dwelling to a large correctional center and everything in between. If that’s not enough he is also a GreenStar Accredited Professional, is presently working towards LEED Accredited Professional Certification, was on the Green Building Council technical working committee on the development of the GreenStar ‘Communities’ rating tool and he continues to inspire upcoming professionals through his lecture and tutorials at the University of New South Wales.

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LEED vs GreenStar

12 September 2012

In a previous post we introduced LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – a suite of voluntary environmental rating tools for buildings and neighbourhoods (communities or precincts) from the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). It should not be confused with GreenStar, which is  a suite of voluntary environmental rating tools for buildings and communities developed by the GBCA (Green Building Council of Australia).

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