NABERSNZ ratings a key part of Wellington’s smart plan to reduce energy consumption
At present, 38% of energy emissions in Wellington come from stationary energy - such as the heating and cooling of commercial buildings. That’s why NABERSNZ is glad to be part of the capital city’s efforts and measures to take the lead in encouraging energy efficiency.
In the hopes of reducing the city’s carbon footprint, Wellington City Council and a number of national and international enterprises have collaboratively launched The Smart Building Challenge pilot that aims to provide a user-friendly platform which enables building owners to manage and reduce their own energy costs.
NABERSNZ is a key driver of the Smart Buildings Challenge (mentioned on page 28 of the Draft Low Carbon Capital Plan), which features a range of different plans in place to reduce Wellington’s carbon footprint.
Currently, there are 20 commercial buildings in the Wellington region that have entered into the challenge, including WCC’s Central Library Building. The building owners have a goal of reducing energy usage by 10% over the first year, with the ultimate goal of working towards achieving a NABERSNZ rating.
Energy efficient buildings are in hot demand with tenants, as they are better maintained, more comfortable for staff, and save costs in energy bills. NABERSNZ ratings clearly show a building’s energy performance by giving it a star between 0 and 6, giving NABERSNZ certified buildings a competitive advantage in the property market.
Check out the Draft Low Carbon Capital Plan at the link below to find out more about the Smart Buildings Challenge, and to get an edge in New Zealand’s buoyant commercial property sector.