6 December 2012 — DEXUS Property Group and construction company Buildcorp Group have won top honours at the CitySwitch NSW Green Office Awards for office energy efficiency.

DEXUS won the CitySwitch NSW Signatory of the Year for the large office category, over 2000 square metres, while Buildcorp won the small office, under 2000 square metres, category.

DEXUS has achieved carbon neutrality at its head office at 343 George Street, Sydney for the second year running and increased its NABERS office rating for 2011-12 from to 4 stars to 4.5 stars.

The judges said the carbon neutrality certification for DEXUS’ Sydney head office demonstrated the company’s high level of commitment to a sustainable office management and improvement.

Initiatives have included the roll-out of remote access software to reduce the number of PCs left on afterhours, switching to virtual servers to lower energy and cooling requirements and making adjustments to the tenancy’s lighting controls.

The company has also turned to day-to-day staff behaviour to increase the awareness of individuals on creating a more sustainable office with the launch of a “My Print” swipe card printing campaign.

The intranet software tracks personal print statistics detailing the amount of paper consumed, the costs and how these compare to the previous year, their department and the office as a whole.

Overall, the company has saved approximately 70 tonnes of CO2 and reduced their head office energy consumption by 17 per cent.

Buildcorp turned efforts to their own operations, at a two-storey tenancy in Camperdown, with a full lighting upgrade as well as installing solar PV panels supplying power to back the grid.

The former warehouse space has been fully refurbished, incorporating high technology energy saving technology and office equipment as well as Green Star accreditation. An active sustainability committee has been key in getting staff on board, thinking about sustainability at both work and home.

Buildcorp has reduced its electricity use by 5580 kiloWatt hours, saving 27.8 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The judges said Buildcorp’s use of solar panels was particularly innovative.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the CitySwitch Green Office program now neared the milestone of nearly 2 million square metres of commercial office space across the country.

National awards will be announced later this month. Details here.