Left to right:Chief executive,Yarra Energy Foundation, Alex Fearnside; national IT Manager Tract Consultants, Dez Stallard;
Yarra City Council Mayor Jackie Fristacky; ESD Engineer GIW Environmental Solutions Niraj Patel;
administration assistant, Tract Consultants, Emily Schiavello
Director GIW Environmental Solutions, Gary Wertheimer

18 December 2012 — The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia and the joint tenancy of Tract Consultants and GIW Environmental Solutions have won the top honours in this year’s national CitySwitch Green Office Awards.

The RAC, which won National Signatory of the Year, conducted a comprehensive assessment of resource consumption at its west Perth office with a range of opportunities to reduce energy consumption identified.

A resulting Resource Efficiency Action Plan and associated Marginal Cost Curve of Abatement helped prioritise three priority implementation stages – a rollout of delamping, altering of a number of control systems and enhancement of the airconditioning and lighting systems.

The judges said: “The creation of a marginal abatement cost curve showed a first-principles approach to formulating efficiency strategies and ensured that the right projects were tackled in the right order”.

“The real-time communication techniques give staff immediate feedback on the results being delivered. RAC’s communications and staff engagement strategy demonstrated leadership over-and-above in delivering sustained change that is well ingrained in its corporate culture.”

Tract Consultants and GIW Environmental Solutions were the collective winners of the 2012 National New Signatory of the Year.

Cr Lyndon Rodgers with the RAC’s Esme Bowen and Terry Agnew.

Sharing a tenancy in Richmond, Melbourne, the office has cut energy use by 10 per cent and is on track to reduce its annual energy consumption by 19 megaWatt hours, saving $4400 and achieving a 4 Star NABERS energy rating.

The judges said: “If the definition of leadership is to inspire others to follow, Tract and GIW are the standout winners in this category”.

“Their internal competition has all the hallmarks of best practice: creating competition to drive engagement, empowering teams to improve their environments, backing this up with budget and management support, and implementing ideas for continuous improvement.”

The shared office put staff up to the challenge of an internal energy reduction competition with four teams competing for maximum energy savings.

The tenancy has since partnered with RMIT University students, as part of CitySwitch Victoria’s collaboration, to identify new strategies for continuous improvement.

GIW Environmental Solutions director Gary Wertheimer said the companies’ ambition was to share its knowledge and spread the energy efficiency message by making local businesses more competitive through operational efficiency and environmental awareness.

The national CitySwitch Awards judging panel included Green Building Council Australia executive director Robin Mellon, Property Council of Australia NSW deputy executive director Ed Palmisano, Energy Efficiency Council Sector Development manager Luke Menzel and City of Melbourne CitySwitch National Steering committee member Krista Milne.