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    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.

    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 through NABERS Accelerate.

    NABERS Accelerate is a program that works with industry to advance the development and adoption of new NABERS ratings.

    Accelerate rating development from analysis to launch

    NABERS Accelerate workstreams


    Illustration of a graph Data collection for benchmarking
    Provide data on site characteristics and annual energy and water consumption for technical benchmarking.
    Illustration of people Advisory panel
    NABERS Accelerate has an advisory panel. We work with key stakeholders in new sectors through regular panel meetings during the rating tool development.

    Why should I participate in NABERS Accelerate?

    Industry stakeholder collaboration is key to building a sustainable future and developing robust benchmarks for our rating tools.

    Participating in NABERS rating tool development is an excellent opportunity for your building sector to be represented and included in the national benchmark.

    We invite you to work with us to build a rating product that meets your organisational needs. If you are interested in participating in data collection or advisory groups, or want to know more, please email us at nabers@environment.nsw.gov.au

    NABERS Accelerate Benefits

    Expansion sectors

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

    Graph showing NABERS expansion to new sectors from 2021 to 2024

    What sectors will NABERS launch next?

    We are currently expanding NABERS into two sectors:

    • Schools: NABERS ratings will enable schools to understand their energy and water performance, and identify areas for cost savings and improvements, all while creating better, healthier learning environments for our children.
    • Retail stores: NABERS ratings for retail stores will quantify a site's energy and water performance. A NABERS rating can then identify areas for cost savings and improvements and promote the retail store's environmental credentials.

    What about other sectors?

    As part of our strategic plan, NABERS aims to expand to all major building types where NABERS ratings are not yet available.

    NABERS is conducting pre-sector feasibility work in several other sectors which include universities, medical centres, private hospitals, supermarkets, TAFE, built-to-rent apartment buildings and student accommodation.

    How can I get involved?

    We are undertaking industry stakeholder interviews to understand the market potential and technical feasibility for the development of a NABERS Energy and Water tool in these sectors. The study will help us propose and prioritise the next sectors for NABERS expansion to our National Steering Committee.

    If you or someone you know works in, or has significant involvement in these sectors, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us at nabers@environment.nsw.gov.au

    Further reading

    Consult our fact sheets to understand more about the NABERS Accelerate program, as well as the benefits to you and your stakeholders of being a part of it: