NABERS has released its 2022 Annual Report, revealing significant sustainability achievements for both the rating system and its existing and new customers.
The annual report has listed a number of major achievements all of which have contributed to 9.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved over the last two decades. NABERS has expanded its operations to multiple new sectors, also introducing several new tools. Customer ratings have also increased above mandated expectations.
Non-mandated sectors such as shopping centres have increased their rating by 12.5%, Waste for Office ratings by 72%, Indoor Environment ratings by 34%, non-mandated ratings by 12.5% and a significant increase in Carbon Neutral ratings by 84%.
Expanding its international partnerships, NABERS has certified its first building in the UK, issuing a 4.5-star energy rating. NABERS energy ratings for Office ratings have also grown by 81% in New Zealand.
NABERS are also reviewing feedback from a pilot for a new Renewable Energy Indicator (REI) undertaken over the year, which allowed 10 buildings to display their REI on a new certificate. The results of the pilot will be analysed in preparation for launch in early 2023.
The new REI will ‘recognise and reward the generation and purchase of renewable energy,’ states the report.
NABERS has expanded into new sectors of the built environment, delivering a new rating tool for residential and aged care retirement living. Since launching the new rating tool, NABERS has issued 36 Energy and 31 Water ratings, fast-tracking the sectors stride towards more sustainable practices.
‘Each and every one of these senior Australians deserves to live in a home that is safe, comfortable and sustainable,’ the report states.
Warehouses and cold storage facilities are to receive a new rating tool, with NABERS drawing its attention to support the sector to assist it towards a net-zero emissions future. Schools and retail stores are also set to receive new rating tools as part of the expansion.
A new Waste Verification tool has also been developed to report on a building’s waste performance for a number of sectors such as data centres, hotels, offices, apartment buildings, warehouses, residential, aged care and more.
Director of NABERS, Carlos Flores expressed his optimism in the report welcome letter, stating, ‘The Australian building sector has most of the ingredients needed for a sustainable revolution this decade.’
‘’Next year we can move further and faster than we did last year,’ he continues. ‘We look forward to stepping up the pace together.’
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