02.09.2017

Reducing Energy Costs and Combating Climate Change

Financial support to make commercial buildings more energy efficient

Victoria’s offices, hotels and retail centres represent an untapped opportunity in the fight against climate change.

Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, recently announced $1.76 million to support owners and tenants to make their commercial buildings more energy efficient while meeting with representatives from local Dandenong businesses to discuss energy prices with Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams.

“This is a great opportunity for owners to boost the value of their building by increasing its NABERS rating,” said the Minister.

“Reducing energy costs saves money, improves productivity, and increases the health and wellbeing of workers and the environment.”

Applications are now open from building owners, agents, tenants and facilities managers for the first round of the Better Commercial Buildings initiative.

A grant could improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) by one star, on average, and reduce energy bills.

NABERS’ data shows that there is huge opportunity to improve the performance of Victoria’s commercial building sector and help significantly reduce emissions.

The grants will help participants identify and implement improvements, measure their success and facilitate access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers – taking the guess work out of choosing a supplier.