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CHANGING THE WAY
A BUSINESS OPERATES
CitySwitch Green Office is a national tenant
energy efficiency program designed to encourage
a reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions
produced by tenants in Australia. e focus is
on energy efficiency within the office and the
message is that tenants can influence up to 50
percent of total energy use in office buildings -
often by very simple and low cost methods.
Energetics is a national specialist management
consultancy which helps clients constrain their
own carbon footprints. eir WA office was one
of the first businesses to sign up to the CitySwitch
program when it came to WA in 2008. As they are
tenants in an older building and have plans to move
to new premises in the near future, the focus was on
behavioural change rather than capital expenditure.
Regional manager Brian Innes says their motto was
"low spending for maximum benefit". Energetics
managed to achieve a 5 Star (NABERS) tenancy
rating through the following initiatives.
sta engagement programs
An Australia-wide committee was formed ( e
Eteam) with members from every office allocated
the task of identifying and implementing
initiatives within the business to reduce energy
use. e office also implemented a "switch off"
campaign, placing stickers on every switch to
remind staff to turn things off. As part of general
staff awareness, equipment was labelled with its
standby power consumption because as Brian
Innes says, efficiency is everyone's business.
energy saving measures
Energetics staff now use laptops instead of desktop
computers because they have a better energy
usage and they are more likely to be turned off
because staff often take them home.
e WA office convinced the board to trial
video conferencing between Perth and Sydney --
as a result, it was rolled out across the country,
dramatically reducing travel between offices.
A "cent-a-metre" power monitor was installed
to provide an instantaneous display of energy
consumption within the office. Brian says that
this has been their most successful initiative
because the knowledge it gives them allows them
to create plans to reduce energy. "If you can't
measure it, you can't manage it," he says. e $200
product includes a magnetic clamp which is placed
around the main power line. It reads the electricity
consumption and displays it on a small LCD screen
located on the reception desk. "We know what our
energy consumption is at all times and we know
what the numbers should be when we turn things
off," says Brian. "It can help us identify when we
have things running that shouldn't be on and it is
great for staff awareness."
encouraging sustainable travel
Energetics doesn't provide any parking bays
for staff. Brian says the team of seven full-time
staff use public transport or ride bikes to work.
"If we need a car for a site visit then we just rent
space from the local car park nearby for the day.
We do this on an 'as needed' basis rather than
have a facility that might get overused." C
"Forget about making poverty
history. Climate change will make
- Nazmul Chowdhury, Practical Action, Bangladesh
Perth GPO images (top left, top right and bottom) courtesy of AECOM; 235 St Georges Terrace image (middle right) courtesy of Hawaiian
Environmental management company AECOM chose the refurbished GPO building as their new premises.
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