Solar PV installed on a school building.

NABERS has big plans for the next five years according to the 2019-2023 draft strategic plan released on Tuesday.

Top of the agenda for the environmental performance organisation is making sure every large building type can be rated using NABERS tools by 2023.

Only six sectors of the built environment can currently participate in the program, leaving “major parts of the economy” uncovered by NABERS building performance tools.

The plan is to try plug the gap by expanding into schools, industrial buildings, retail stores, healthcare buildings and more.

Key to achieving this expansion will be investing in technology to “amplify reach” and provide value-adds to data and reporting services.

NABERS will also leverage more partnerships and collaborative arrangements to achieve this goal and monitor major building sector trends to ensure new and existing tools reward the best outcomes for the environment.

Next up, the organisation will endeavour to help more buildings embark on their “sustainability journeys” by doubling the number of NABERS ratings. The organisation will do this driving uptake and improving existing tools.

Strategies to achieve this goal include building the pool and capabilities of NABERS Assessors and streamlining systems and processes.

Ultimately, the organisation wants to see everyone living, working and playing in a sustainable place and a net zero environmental impact for all Australian buildings.

In 2018-19, NABERS certified 3229 ratings and more than 100 office buildings throughout Australia achieved a NABERS Energy rating of 5.5 stars or higher for the first time.

NABERS is seeking feedback on the strategic plan through an online survey that closes Thursday 28 February.

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  1. Will it include the impacts of climate disruption? We can pay lip service to net zero environmental impact, but will it be integrated into the NABERS and other building certification?

    I have a greater alignment with the Living Building Challenge