Low energy high-rise survey launched

Friday, 09 November, 2007

Investa Property Group and Stockland Corporation are working with the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney to understand the barriers to achieving better energy performance for existing office buildings.

“We understand the challenge is not technology, but rather how the technology is used so we are undertaking an industry survey to identify the technical performance of existing office buildings as well as the management practices of everyone involved in running buildings. We want to know what the non-technical solutions are to achieve better energy-efficiency results,” said Craig Roussac, general manager, sustainability, safety and environment of Investa Property Group.

The survey is targeting private and public sector building owners and their tenants.

“We are looking for at least 180 examples of high-rise office buildings, particularly older buildings that are heading towards refurbishment in their life cycle. It will be very important to include a wide and diverse range of buildings and building owners so we need to involve owners of both premium and lower grade buildings in the survey,” Roussac said.

“The confidential survey will provide statistical depth and complement the information we currently use to assist decision making on energy efficiency projects. The Warren Centre has pulled together a significant group of industry leaders to collaborate on its Low Energy High Rise Project and its work will undoubtedly benefit our industry,” Greg Johnson, national sustainability manager, commercial and industrial for Stockland said.

“Existing buildings represent a major environmental challenge for our industry, if we wish to reduce our greenhouse impact. We are targeting a minimum 4.5 stars ABGR for new buildings; however, we recognise that existing buildings require tailored solutions.

“The results of this survey will help us and other owners of existing office buildings to better understand what non-technical solutions are required to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.”

Participants will receive a copy of the research report and they will be in the running for prizes for completing the survey forms. To participate in the survey, go to www.warren.usyd.edu.au or call 0412 295660.

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