BRIEF – 16 October 2009 – Energy and water rating tool, NABERS, is on a growth path. Not only is it hunting for two new senior project officers ahead of the mandatory disclosure requirements coming next year but it is also expanding its suite of tools to shopping centres and data centres.

The retail tool for shopping centres of more than 15,000 square metres will provide a “reliable benchmark” of water and energy use, so owners can gauge their performance  relative to their competitors, according to NABERS.

“The new NABERS tools will make it possible for the first time to communicate shopping centre environmental performance in a common language, using reputable government certification,” a NABERS media statement said.

“Centres will be able to compare themselves on a national scale. NABERS will calculate a custom benchmark for each centre based on the location and unique assembly of retail stores, common areas, food courts and car parks.”

The new tool will join the current suite of NABERS tools for offices, hotels and homes and, soon, for schools, hospitals and data centres.

NABERS, managed by the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water Energy and Water, plans to have the new rating tools available from November this year.

Data centres energy guzzling will soon be benchmarked

A NABERS tool for data centres, one of the most energy consuming built facilities on the planet, is also under development in a collaboration between the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

“Data centre energy efficiency is the focus of current national and international research and data centres have been identified by DECCW and DEWHA as a priority building type for NABERS development.

“The rating will be developed using national data on the e