18 June 2013 — NABERS has been launched in New Zealand.

NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the launch of NABERS NZ in Auckland is the first time that Australia’s star rating system for offices has been adopted overseas.

“The adoption of the program by our New Zealand neighbours is testament to NSW’s world-leading environmental credentials.

NABERS is administered by the NSW Government on behalf of Australia’s state and territory governments.

“More than 70 per cent of NSW’s office market has been rated with NABERS Energy for Offices, making our property sector a world leader in sustainability,” Ms Parker said.

“The rating system has helped drive energy efficiency in the commercial property sector.

“It recognises both sustainability achievements and gives building owners and tenants a goal to aspire to, which will help them to keep improving.”

New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority chief executive Mike Underhill said he had observed the success NABERS has had in raising the profile of good energy management in commercial offices.

“New Zealand commercial office buildings could save 25 per cent in energy costs through improved energy management. The introduction of NABERS NZ will help building owners and tenants to realise these savings.”

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage regional operations group water and energy programs director Matthew Clark said New Zealand had approached his department 12 months ago to talk about expanding the NABERS program across the Tasman.

“They wanted to work with us and we were quite open to that,” he said.

Mr Clark said the two programs were very similar although slightly different with the way energy was generated in New Zealand.

“(And) from what I hear there is really strong support from property owners.

“There is also some cross ownership of buildings in Australia and New Zealand so they can also see the benefits of the being able to apply NABERS in New Zealand as well.”

Mr Clark said property owners were keen to save on direct costs along with being good corporate citizens.

“The commercial property market in Australia is quite sophisticated in that way – and New Zealand can see we are achieving real success with programs like NABERS.”

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