The Australian Government has introduced a package of measures in an effort to encourage energy efficiency improvements in the commercial property sector. Introduced in November 2010 and managed by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program is one of these measures.
While there are some grounds for exemption the scheme makes it mandatory for most sellers or lessors of commercial office space in excess of 2000m2 to obtain and disclose an up-to-date NABERS Energy Rating for the building. In addition to this, from 1 November 2011, the lighting in the area of the building subject to sale or lease will need to be undertaken and a document outlining general energy efficiency will need to be obtained before a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) will be granted. The BEEC will need to be disclosed before negotiations on the sale or lease of the subject space begin.
To streamline the process of applying for a Building Energy Effiency Certificate, QED Environmental Services has several NABERS Accredited Assessors and a CBD Accredited Assessor (Chris Horan) on staff to manage the process from assessing energy and lighting to the application for a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC).
Further information regarding the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 and the Commercial Building Disclosure Program is available at the CBD Website.