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What’s government doing for residential FM?

With the launch of NABERS for Apartment Buildings in June 2018, we thought it timely to explore how this new government initiative will affect residential facilities. Our latest Resi Strata Info & Networking Session was held on 5 July at the Telstra Customer Information Centre in Sydney.

The success of this event was largely due to the engaging and informative presentations delivered by experts in NABERS and residential facilities.

Supratik Ghosh, Acting Project Lead at NABERS, provided an overview of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), including its history and success in reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings.

Melinda Dewsnap, Sustainability Engagement Manager at the City of Sydney, presented on the new NABERS for Apartment Buildings, future plans to reduce carbon emissions, and grants available from the City of Sydney. She is responsible for implementing the City’s 10-year Residential Apartments Sustainability Plan. 

NABERS uses a simple six-star scale to measure and rate the environmental performance of buildings. Since 2000, it has helped thousands of commercial buildings improve their energy and water efficiency, and thus save money.

Now residential facilities have the same opportunity. Considering apartments account for approximately 10% of the built environment’s greenhouse gas emissions and up to 70% of water consumption, the new NABERS tool is set to make a huge impact. 

As part of the event, national strata and facilities management company Cambridge Management Services was formally presented with the FMA’s Corporate Member of the Year Award. Following proceedings, participants mingled over refreshments.

We would like to thank HFM Asset Management for their sponsorship of this event.