The winners of the national CitySwitch Awards with City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

28 November 2013 — Leading companies participating in the national CitySwitch building energy efficiency program have been recognised at an awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday [27 November] night.

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia won the top award of national signatory of the year for reducing carbon emissions by 242 tonnes and electricity consumption by 10 per cent.

The RAC achieved a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating in their West Perth building through a combination of energy-efficiency technology and staff engagement and behaviour change programs, including activities such as inter-floor energy competitions.

The organisation also plans to install solar panels to reduce energy consumption further.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore with Amanda Joseph, environmental sustainability specialist of the Royal Automobile Club of WA

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, WT Sustainability, J Goddard & Co. and UXED won a new national partnership of the year award for their mobile and desktop “Leasa” app, which helps tenants find energy-efficient properties to lease by comparing energy, occupancy and lighting costs, and tracking tenancy energy bills.

(Left to right): Tom Grosskopf (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage), Dr Cameron Maxell (Intersect), Daniel Woo of UXED, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Nick Hudson (RICS), John Goddard and Stephen Hennessy (WT Sustainability) win the Partnership Award for the Leasa app.

Adelaide-based Wallmans Lawyers were recognised as national new signatory of the year, with judges praising the organisation for taking a number of measures to reduce energy and waste consumption, including timed air-conditioning and light and equipment upgrades.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore presented the national winners with their awards at a ceremony last night at Sydney Town Hall.

She praised the top award winning RAC for being a green leader with impressive levels of staff engagement and use of innovative monitoring systems to help manage energy usage.

“The commercial office building sector accounts for about 80 per cent of our emissions in our cities,” Ms Moore said at the awards ceremony. “It’s important that Australian businesses are proactively taking significant action on climate change and making their buildings more efficient.

“CitySwitch is now Australia’s leading office energy efficiency program covering over two million square metres of floor space and over 493 tenancies nationally.”

The national winners were selected from state champions and judged by a panel that included representatives from the Green Building Council of Australia, Property Council of Australia, Energy Efficiency Council and the CitySwitch National Steering Committee.

The full list of national and state winners were:

National: 

  • Wallmans Lawyers – CitySwitch New Signatory of the Year
  • Royal Automobile Club of WA – CitySwitch National Signatory of the Year
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, WT Sustainability, J Goddard & Co, UXED – CitySwitch National Partnership of the Year

NSW:

  • Envizi – CitySwitch New Signatory of the Year
  • WT Sustainability – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year under 2000 sq m
  • Goodman Group — CitySwitch Signatory of the Year over 2000 sq m

WA:

  • Savills Australia – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year under 2000 sq m
  • Western Australia Police – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year over 2000 sq m (joint winner)
  • Royal Automobile Club of WA – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year over 2000 sq m (joint winner)

SA:

  • Wallmans Lawyers – CitySwitch New Signatory of the Year
  • Thomson Rossi – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year under 2000 sq m
  • City of Adelaide – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year over 2000 sq m

VIC:

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) – CitySwitch New Signatory of the Year
  • Baptcare – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year under 2000 sq m
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Australia – CitySwitch Signatory of the Year over 2000 sq m