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NABERS UK to seek new administrator as BRE ends its agreement

News | 05 Sep 2023

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and NABERS have today announced that BRE is ending its licence agreement for the energy performance rating tool, NABERS UK, in order to focus on its world-leading BREEAM scheme.

Having successfully worked together to launch and operate NABERS UK since 2020, BRE and NABERS are committed to delivering continuity and a smooth transition for NABERS UK. They will work closely together over the coming months to ensure NABERS UK continues to operate during the transition to a new administrator. BRE and NABERS will also continue their collaborative relationship beyond the transition, sharing knowledge and recognising the links between NABERS ratings and the BREEAM credit system.

Further details will be announced over the coming weeks, including details of an Expression of Interest process for a new NABERS UK Administrator and Q&A sessions for scheme stakeholders. 

BRE CEO Gillian Charlesworth said:

After three successful years, BRE will no longer be the administrator for NABERS UK so that our team can focus all of their energy on making the next iteration of BREEAM the most successful yet. We look forward to seeing NABERS UK continue to grow with a new partner, and working with them to recognise NABERS within BREEAM to further our shared goal of increasing the sustainability of the built environment for the good of our planet.

NABERS Acting Director Magali Wardle said:

NABERS is grateful to BRE for the important role it has played in the success of NABERS UK to date. We are committed to providing consistency to customers throughout the transition, and will announce the details of our Expression of Interest process for a new administrator shortly. NABERS looks forward to seeing the continued growth of NABERS UK, and the resultant benefits to the commercial building sector in the UK.

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is a member of the NABERS UK Steering Committee and an Ambassador for NABERS UK.

BBP CEO Sarah Ratcliffe said:

Bridging the performance gap and verifying energy performance is critical to improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Through the BBP convened Design for Performance project, industry bodies and major UK developers collaborated to address this issue, culminating in the launch of NABERS UK. The Scheme has already made a significant impact on the industry, and we look forward to the appointment of a new administrator who can capitalise on the opportunity to operate and scale-up this market transformational scheme.

For queries regarding BREEAM, please contact the BRE Group.

For all other enquiries, including regarding the future administration of NABERS in the UK, please contact nabers@environment.nsw.gov.au