The Commercial Building Disclosure Program   Leave a comment

The Australian Government’s Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) is a national program designed to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s large office buildings.

Under the CBD program, most sellers or leasers of office space of 2,000m2 or more are required to disclose an up-to-date Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) if they wish to sell, lease or sub-lease that office space.

With energy use in the commercial building sector accounting for around 10% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, improving the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate climate change.

The Government has introduced a transition period for the first year of the program. From 1 November 2010 to 31 October 2011, a valid National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) base or whole building rating can be disclosed.

From 1 November 2011 a full BEEC will need to be disclosed. BEECs are valid for up to 12 months, must be publicly accessible on the online Building Energy Efficiency Register, and include:

  • a NABERS Energy star rating for the building
  • an assessment of tenancy lighting in the area of the building that is being sold or leased and
  • general energy efficiency guidance

The NABERS Energy star rating must also be included in any advertisement for the sale, lease or sub-lease of the office space.

Equilibrium has a NABERS Accredited Assessor to assist you to understand your obligations.

Please feel free to contact us on (03) 9690 8090 or info@eqlomg.com if you would like to discuss or arrange to undertake an assessment of your building.

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Posted February 10, 2011 by equilibrium in Compliance & Management

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