Much discussion has centred on the fact that over 70 per cent of buildings in Sydney’s and Melbourne’s CBDs are over 20 years old, and are largely inefficient. As a result, the importance of refurbishment to sustainability cannot be understated.
Let’s think, however, about the staff in these older buildings, the value of these staff members in terms of corporate performance, and their contribution to our national productivity. Changes to their indoor environment as a result of environmental retrofitting or refurbishments will inevitably influence staff performance and productivity. For this reason, the tenants need to be considered as indispensable players in the retrofit/refurbishment movement, because they arguably have the most to lose and the most to gain from environmental upgrade agreements.
To read more of this article written by Jack Noonan published in Retrofit Australia (Vol 1, No. 2 2012).