24 November 2010 – The CitySwitch energy efficiency program has announced winners for its Signatory of the Year awards for Queensland, Western Australia the ACT.

The ACT government also announced a new 50 per cent rebate for NABERS assessments for CitySwitch signatories as an incentive to the office sector to join the Green Office Program in the ACT.

Western Australia

In Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi announced that Cameron Chisholm Nicol won the CitySwitch Signatory of the Year for offices under 2000 square metres after achieving 4.5 star NABERS Energy tenancy rating, half a star higher than its CitySwitch Commitment.

The company said it had undertaken a program of cultural change to facilitate its commitment and its fitout has also won the Australian Institute of Architects Awards in WA with the Sustainable Architecture Award.

Engineering consultancy Wood & Grieve Engineers won the CitySwitch Signatory of the Year for premises of more than 2000 sq m. The company achieved a 2.5 star NABERS Energy tenancy rating, 1 star higher than its 2009 rating and the goal is for 4 stars.

In the ACT Exergy was named the ACT CitySwitch Signatory of the Year. Work undertaken by Exergy saw savings of six tones of carbon emissions a year through modifications to the lighting system, encouraging the use of natural light and making the ICT system more energy efficient.

In his announcement ACT Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Simon Corbell  said the territory government would offer 50 per cent rebate for NABERS energy rating assessments to encourage greater involvement from the office sector.

“Offices are responsible for a significant proportion of the ACT’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and reducing this will go a long way to achieving the Government’s emissions reductions targets of 40 per cent by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2060,” Mr Corbell said.

The assessment must be conducted between 1 July 2010 and 31 May 2011, and are up to a maximum amount of $1000.

Certificates were also presented to 10 ACT CitySwitch signatories at the inaugural ACT CitySwitch Awards: AECOM, Bradley Allen; Energetics; Exergy; Isis; Jones, Lang, LaSalle; Knight Frank; Norman Disney & Young; the Department of Land and Property Services; and the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water.

In QLD, Parsons Brinckerhoff won the Signatory of the Year Award for premises of over 2000 sq m for its Brisbane tenancy, which achieved a 4.5 NABERS Energy rating.
PB Regional Director Denis Cook said, “This year the PB Brisbane office saved 15 per cent on our electricity costs and reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 tonnes. We managed to reduce our environmental footprint even though we expanded our workforce.”

Also winning was the Queensland Nurses’ Union. Assistant Secretary, Beth Mohle received the Signatory of the Year Award (under 2000 sq m) for its tenancy which has achieved 56,773 kWh of energy savings, which equates to $8340 and 2008 tonnes of CO2.

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