16 November 2011 – “If we can do it, anyone can do it,” said Knight Frank facilities manager for 135 on King, Den Jolly after accepting one of the two key awards announced at Tuesday night’s City Switch NSW awards at Sydney Town Hall
The improvements which won Knight Frank the award for offices of under 2000 square metres, were small and easy to achieve, said Mr Jolly.
The other big winner was international legal practice Norton Rose in the category for offices of more than 2000 square metres.
Representative partner climate change Lexia Wilson said her firm believed it was important to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk.”
The companies won the awards after making major reductions in their energy use through innovative improvements and staff education.
Norton Rose Australia won the CitySwitch NSW Signatory of the Year Award for offices over 2000 sq m after reducing carbon pollution by 214 tonnes and saving $42,000 in energy bills per year.
The firm sustained the four star NABERS energy efficiency rating at its Grosvenor Place tenancy which accommodates about 400 staff over the 8900 sq m, five level, office.
Property manager Knight Frank won the CitySwitch award under 2000 sq m for its 135 on King office.
The company improved the NABERS rating from three to five stars for the 148 sq m tenancy by reducing carbon pollution by 9.5 tonnes per year and saving $2000 per year in energy bills.
Presenting the awards on 15 November, Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore said:
“Norton Rose Australia developed an internal carbon footprint calculator and invested in video conferencing to replace much of the firm’s interstate flying.
“The 135 on King office’s lighting, computer and water heating changes demonstrated that smaller businesses can make a difference.
“Norton Rose Australia made the energy savings through the installation of sensor and zoned lighting, improvements to desktop computer power controls and increased virtualisation of computer server hardware.”
Hardware virtualisation allowed multiple operating systems to simultaneously share processor resources, saving energy and improving processing speed, reducing personal computer sleep modes from 20 minutes to five minutes and fitting the kitchen sink hot water unit and chilled water bubbler with timers to halve operating time, she said.
As part of a staff awareness campaign, the tenancy used CitySwitch Power-Mates (digital power meters) to demonstrate that energy savings of 10 per cent could be made by simply turning off CCTV monitors, desktop monitors and computers when not in use.
CitySwitch is an Australia wide office energy efficiency program operating in 130 tenancies with more than 880,000 square metres of office space in NSW.
The CitySwitch program began in Sydney in 2005 and was launched nationally in June 2008. It operates in every mainland State and the ACT.