Facility managers are critical in providing healthy and productive environments. Accreditation and rating schemes are one way of assessing and benchmarking the performance of a building. The NABERS Indoor Environment tool has been subject of much discussion in recent times, with significant focus being placed on a lack of take up by building owners and facilities managers since introduction to the market (in comparison to NABERS Energy and NABERS Water). Furthermore, the tool is currently undertaking a review.
In 2013, a large property owner engaged CETEC to review the Indoor Environment Quality of twenty five commercial office buildings using the NABERS IE tool as a guide, as well as providing NABERS IE certification for many of these buildings.
This paper outlining the results of the process in 2013, including a summary of the results and trends, potential improvements for the next round of assessments in 2014, and the critical role of the facility manager in optimising indoor environment quality for their tenants was presented by Jack Noonan at Ideaction 14 in May this year. The findings also outline the important role of BMS for NABERS IE.
If you wish to learn more about this case study and presentation Indoor Environment Quality and NABERS IE Ratings. A Case Study of a Commercial Office Building Portfolio of 25 Buildings. Results and Key Learnings for Facilities Managers contact Jack Noonan.
At Ideaction 14 held in Sydney in May, Jack Noonan also presented on the topic of Unintended Consequence of Sustainability Upgrades.
CETEC on the NABERS IE Technical Working Group