Last night Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges launched the NABERSNZ rating system, which will enable office buildings to be recognised for energy efficiency, potentially improving their property value and leading to considerable energy savings annually by identifying opportunities to improve energy use.
The tool is based on the Australian NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) and will measure office energy use on a six-star scale; one being poor, three being the market average and six aspirational.
“We are excited about the ability of this tool to create new opportunities for existing buildings to gain market recognition on the basis of good energy performance and, ultimately, begin to implement meaningful changes that will raise the bar for green buildings as a whole,” says NZGBC Chief Executive Alex Cutler.
The tool has been licensed to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and will be administered by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).
“NABERSNZ will provide an instant measure of a building’s energy performance that can be compared to other office buildings. Tenants, particularly, will find NABERSNZ useful when procuring new premises and owners will find value in being able to demonstrate building energy efficiency. With such useful information on offer, the scheme has been hotly anticipated by the commercial property sector,” says Cutler.