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NSW Government Offer: energy starters and new buildings


The NSW Government will fund initiatives to drive new buildings towards high energy performance and reduce emissions in existing buildings. These initiatives build on the wide reach and effectiveness of the NABERS program and are part of the NSW Government’s Accelerating Net Zero Buildings program. The program also features a workstream focused on embodied emissions in new buildings. You can read about other workstreams under this NSW initiative here.

These initiatives are for a limited time period. They are part of a new program run by the NSW Government, and its financial incentives are therefore only available to buildings in NSW.

Energy starters stream

This stream will focus on helping owners of existing NSW buildings that are in the early stages on their energy efficiency and sustainability journey. This includes providing financial incentives for buildings to receive their first-ever NABERS Energy rating, and to embed a culture of measurement, and annual improvement of energy performance.

Under this stream, NSW Government will provide a financial contribution of up to a total value of $3,000AUD ex GST. This contribution is towards administration and Assessor fees in specific sectors.

How to apply

The first round of funding has opened. Applications will remain open until 31 March 2022, or until funding for this round is exhausted. Talk to a NABERS Assessor and see the document links below for detailed conditions of offer.

New buildings stream

This stream provides incentives for NSW developments committing to high energy performance using NABERS Commitment Agreements. Incentives under this stream will include NABERS Commitment Agreement fee waiver for buildings committing to energy performance targets beyond those required by the building code.

How to apply

Further details on this offer will be available later in FY21-22

Further information

If you would like to find out more, please email us at nabers [at] environment.nsw.gov.au

We also have a suite of factsheets designed to help you communicate the many benefits of our rating system to colleagues, customers, and investors 

Assessors can find even more information and details on how to apply for the offer on behalf of their customers by contacting nabers [at] environment.nsw.gov.au

We have Assessor training available if you would like to pursue a new sector, tool or certification, like Residential Aged Care, Retirement Living, and Carbon Neutral.