Green buildings easier to find

Finding sustainably built office space and green businesses has been made easier thanks to a NSW Government online initiative.

Solar panels at Sydney Town Hall

The NSW-based world-leading energy rating program, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), has launched an Australian-first search engine for green buildings.

"This new tool will allow people to find the best examples of sustainable buildings and green businesses in the country ," Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton said.

NABERS is a national program, administered by the NSW government, that measures the environmental performance of buildings.

This initiative allows organisations to find Australia's most sustainable buildings to house their operations, host their events, and do business, Ms Upton said.

Our State, Commonwealth and Local Government partners can now easily highlight buildings and businesses that are leading examples of sustainability in their jurisdictions by checking out NABERS,” she said.

"Meanwhile NABERS has also brought new members into the National Steering Committee for a three year term.

"For the first time, NABERS will be led by two very talented women: Michelle Croker from the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy as Government Chair and Francesca Muskovic from the Property Council of Australia as Stakeholder Chair.

"The new Committee is the most inclusive to date with representatives from State and territory governments throughout Australia, as well as the Commonwealth.

"The new membership includes organisations like the Property Council of Australia, the Energy Efficiency Council, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and seven other peak industry bodies actively participating and providing advice to the program.

"I'm sure that these latest initiatives will maintain NABERS as the cutting edge program it has always been since it was established by the NSW Government twenty years ago," Ms Upton said.