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We are excited to announce that The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the new administrator for the NABERS UK Scheme. Originally launched in November 2020, NABERS UK is currently being transitioned across to CIBSE as the new scheme administrator and will be fully operational in the coming weeks. The scheme is overseen by a steering committee comprising of CIBSE, the Better Buildings Partnership and NABERS, on behalf of the New South Wales Government, Australia. The Better Buildings Partnership has been an integral partner in the development of NABERS UK and acts as scheme ambassador to support its uptake and success.  

There are currently two product offerings available in the UK for office buildings: Design for Performance to drive energy-efficient new buildings, and NABERS Energy ratings to measure how energy-efficient existing buildings are.

Unlike design-based energy ratings, NABERS UK measures and rates the actual energy use of offices, helping building owners to accurately track and communicate the energy performance of their buildings. It also helps identify areas for savings and improvements. All ratings are carried out by Assessors who have successfully completed the NABERS UK Energy for Offices Assessor training.

NABERS UK Assessor training

The NABERS UK Energy for Offices Assessor training is currently available on the NABERS Learn platform. This fully online training course is specifically designed for built environment professionals that have a background in the energy management of office buildings. The training focuses on the NABERS UK rating process and methodology. Course fees include training and exam administration.

NABERS UK has produced the following resources for the Energy for Offices training course:

Scheme administrator update  

Many of you are likely already familiar with CIBSE and their dedication to advancing the standards of building performance and sustainability. CIBSE's expertise in energy efficiency and decarbonization aligns seamlessly with our goals for the NABERS UK Scheme and with their rich history of leadership in the UK building sector, CIBSE will bring invaluable experience to our program.

As we transition to CIBSE's administration, we assure you that every effort will be made to ensure a seamless process. In the coming weeks BRE and CIBSE will be working closely together to enable a smooth transition, ensure that NABERS UK returns to full operations as soon as possible, and support the next phase of growth for the Scheme.

We also invite you to register for a webinar on the 30th April to gain further insight into the operational transition and have the opportunity to ask questions. You can register for the webinar here.

To find out more about the NABERS UK administration transition visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

For all enquiries, please contact nabers@environment.nsw.gov.au