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What’s government doing for residential FM?

Following the launch of NABERS for Apartment Buildings in June, the FMA recently held two Resi Strata Info & Networking Sessions to explain how the new initiative will affect residential facilities. The Sydney session was held on 5 July and the Melbourne session on 18 July, both at the Telstra Customer Information Centre in each city. 

    

The success of these events was largely due to the engaging and informative presentations delivered by experts in NABERS and residential facilities. Supratik Ghosh, Acting Project Lead at NABERS, opened the events with an overview of NABERS, including its history and success in reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings.

At the Sydney session, 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. 

At the Melbourne session, Jay Gualtieri, Managing Director of Ausnviro, spoke on behalf of the City of Melbourne about the opportunities open to facilities managers and what NABERS means for the future of residential strata property.

In Sydney, Cambridge Management Services was formally presented with the FMA’s Corporate Member of the Year Award. Following proceedings, participants mingled over refreshments.

    

About NABERS for Apartment Buildings

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 consequently 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. 

Thanks to our sponsors

The FMA would like to thank HFM Asset Management, our National Supporting Partner for these events. We'd also like to thank Telstra, our Venue Partner, and Melbourne Building Management for sponsoring the Melbourne event.