• The story of NABERS

    For over a decade, property managers, building owners and tenants have used NABERS to improve the environmental performance of their buildings and workplaces.

    In that time 72% of Australia’s office space has been rated with NABERS Energy. Together, those buildings are saving 383,300t of carbon dioxide every year.

    The timeline below traces how NABERS has grown into a world-leading tool and an industry-recognised benchmark.

    1998 - The NABERS Energy rating system for offices is launched in NSW as the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR) by the NSW Government’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA).

    2000 - At the request of the property industry and Victorian Government, the ABGR tool is extended nationally. As part of this expansion Government and industry agreed that the rating tool should be based upon the performance of buildings in each locality. Each jurisdiction agreed to undertake a local data collection exercise to tailor the rating to suit their local market. A national benchmark is created as an interim measure, with NSW and Victoria having sufficient local information to establish state based benchmarks.

    2005 - The Australian Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH), which had developed an early version of the NABERS suite of ratings for other environmental indicators based on the ABGR methodology, awarded a tender to the NSW government to commercialise NABERS.

    2006 - NABERS Water for offices tool is launched.

    2008 - NABERS Waste and Indoor Environment for offices are launched.
    The NABERS Energy and Water for hotels tool is launched.
    The ABGR tool is re-branded as NABERS Energy for offices to complement the other NABERS tools.

    2009 - NABERS Energy and Water for shopping centres is launched in December.

    2010 - The Victorian rating scale is adjusted to bring it in line with the rest of the country. The Commercial Building Disclosure Scheme is introduced, using NABERS as the means of disclosing building energy efficiency at the point of sale or lease.

    2011 - The NABERS rating scale is extended to 6 stars to recognise market leading building performance.

    2013 - NABERS Energy for data centres is launched.

    2013 - NABERS becomes an international program as NABERSNZ is launched in New Zealand.

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  • The National Administrator of NABERS

    Since the program was launched, the NSW department acting as National Administrator of NABERS has changed as follows:

    1998 - NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA)

    2005 - NSW Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability (DEUS)

    2007 - NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC)

    2010 - NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW)

    2011 - Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), a division of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

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