Reducing Energy Costs And Combating Climate Change

Victoria’s offices, hotels and retail centres represent an untapped opportunity in the fight against climate change.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $1.76 million to support owners and tenants to make their commercial buildings more energy efficient while meet with representatives from local Dandenong businesses to discuss energy prices with Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams.

Applications are now open from building owners, agents, tenants and facilities managers for the first round of the Better Commercial Buildings initiative.

A grant could improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) by 1 star, on average, and reduce energy bills.

NABERS data shows that there is huge opportunity to improve the performance of Victoria’s commercial building sector and help significantly reduce emissions.

The grants will help participants identify and implement improvements, measure their success and facilitate access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers – taking the guess work out of choosing a supplier.

To apply and find out more about the program visit sustainability.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“This is a great opportunity for owners to boost the value of their building by increasing its NABERS rating.”

“Reducing energy costs saves money, improves productivity, and increases the health and wellbeing of workers and the environment.”