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NABERS Accelerate

Expanding NABERS to new sectors

NABERS is committed to creating a sustainable built environment by reducing carbon emissions and minimising water usage and landfill waste.

NABERS has enjoyed great success as a world-recognised and robust rating tool for offices, shopping centres, hotels and other building sectors. Since 2010 our ratings have helped save 7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and 1.2 billion litres of water. 

As part of our commitment to meeting the Australian government's 2050 net zero emissions targets, we're working hard to expand the NABERS rating tool into more building sectors.

NABERS Accelerate

NABERS Accelerate is a program provided to new sectors to speed up the development and adoption of NABERS ratings.  NABERS Accelerate has the following workstreams:

Data collection for benchmarking
Provide data on site characteristics and annual energy and water use for technical benchmarking. 
Advisory panel
Become a member of our NABERS Accelerate panel. We work with key stakeholders in new sectors through regular panel meetings during the rating development.
NABERS Accelerate updates
Sign up for our newsletter and we will provide regular updates and key milestones of NABERS Accelerate

Expansion sector

After extensive industry consultation and sector analysis, we prioritised the following sectors:

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What sector is NABERS launching in 2022? 

We are currently expanding NABERS into two sectors: warehouses and cold stores. These sectors have been at the very heart of the world’s response to the pandemic, as the backbone of the food chain, online shopping and vaccine supply revolutions. We are working with sustainability pioneers who can help us access the data and sector insights as we aim to launch NABERS ratings for these sectors by the middle of 2022.  

New sector announcement for FY22-FY23

NABERS' expansion into schools and retail stores has been approved for FY22-FY23. We are beginning industry consultation and want to hear from stakeholders who work or are experts in the school and/or retail sector.

If you are interested in participating in NABERS Accelerate for schools or retail or would like to find out more, please email us at nabers [at] environment.nsw.gov.au (subject: NABERS%20Accelerate%20inquiry)

What about other sectors?

As part of our strategic plan, NABERS aims to eventually expand to all major building types. Supermarkets are one of the sectors NABERS will be analysing for future expansion projects.

If you would like to find out more, please email us at nabers [at] environment.nsw.gov.au (subject: NABERS%20Accelerate%20inquiry)


Why should I participate in NABERS Accelerate? 

NABERS Accelerate benefits table


Industry stakeholder collaboration is key to building a sustainable future and developing robust benchmarks for our rating tools. Therefore, we invite you to work with us to build a rating product that meets your organisational needs.  

Data collection for benchmarking

Provide data on your building's characteristics and your annual energy and water use. The NABERS team will use this for technical benchmarking and providing data ensures that the tool will suit your building type.

General warehouses and cold stores 
Download the data collection spreadsheet for Cold Stores here. And General Warehouse here.

Download the data collection spreadsheet here

Retail stores 
Download the data collection spreadsheet for Simple Retail  here and Big Box Retail here.

Download the data collection spreadsheet here

Further reading

Consult our fact sheets to understand more about the NABERS Accelerate program the benefits to you and your stakeholder of being in the program: