Performance Leasing Guide and Model Clauses

The Performance Leasing Guide and Model Clauses is a new resource that encourages tenants and landlords to join forces to create better performing, more energy efficient buildings.

Although we’re seeing advances in management, technology and design, the best way to improved efficiency and productivity across a whole building is through collaboration: landlord, occupant and building manager working together. Performance leasing is an effective tool to help achieve this.

This leasing guide is designed to be a practical resource and toolkit to support collaboration. It offers example lease clauses to help improve building performance, bringing better workplace efficiency and productivity, lower outgoings, and higher asset value.

It aims to:

  • educate landlords and tenants (and other stakeholders) about key aspects of building performance and how they can be managed
  • address concerns that either party may have related to these clauses – including a discussion of mitigation strategies.


The model lease clauses contained here may be used with any agreement to lease or deed of lease – including the standard Auckland District Law Society Deed of Lease and the standard Property Council of New Zealand Deeds of Lease.

This guide represents a partnership between industry and government. It has been produced by DLA Piper New Zealand, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

This guide presents a ‘menu’ of options – recognising that there is no one size fits all approach to leasing. The language used in the clauses may need to be adapted to fit the user’s deed of lease.

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