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Shopping Centres

Shopping Centres can slash their energy and water costs by around 25% by peeling back the layers of their building’s performance with a NABERS rating.

About NABERS for Shopping Centres

NABERS ratings for shopping centres quantify your building’s energy and water performance. We give your building a rating from one to six stars, based on the energy and water efficiency of the central services and common areas of your building. This includes all facilities provided to retail tenants and the associated back-of-house facilities.

Your NABERS rating can then be used to identify areas for cost savings and building improvements, as well as to promote the environmental credentials of your building, helping you to attract premium tenants and increase rental yields.

Energy and Water ratings

NABERS Energy and Water ratings for shopping centres assess and rate all services provided by the shopping centre owner to retail tenants and the associated back-of-house requirements. This includes:

  • All services provided to common areas
  • Air-conditioning services provided to tenants
  • All water consumption across retail applications
  • Services provided to car parks
  • All vertical transportation located within common areas.

Note: The rating does not include tenancy energy use for light and power

Preparing for your rating

To prepare for your NABERS rating:

  1. Get ready: Source quotes from a few NABERS Accredited Assessors to understand the scope of work, then present your case to your your management team for approval.
  2. Gather your data: Collect 12 months of historical data on energy and water consumption, and details about the size and features of your building. Your Assessor will be able to guide you.
  3. Achieve NABERS certification: Organise for your Assessor to conduct a site visit to validate your data and identify areas for improvement.
  4. Improve your rating: Take action to reduce your energy and water consumption during the next 12 months and enjoy the savings. Collect data to feed back into your next rating to track your performance.

For more information about preparing for a shopping centre rating, consult our NABERS for Shopping Centres fact sheet.

Free ratings in 2020/21

This year NABERS is providing financial relief to sectors heavily affected by COVID-19.  As such, we are waiving the NABERS fee for ratings lodged between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021. The following ratings are available NABERS fee-free to all shopping centres:

  • Energy: FREE, normally $1,250
  • Water: FREE, normally $1,250
  • Carbon Neutral (including the Climate Active fee): FREE, normally $1,985

The NABERS fee waiver will automatically be applied when an Assessor lodges a rating.  Find out more about pricing and the conditions of the offer here.  Please note the Assessor fee will still be applicable and will vary depending on the size of your building and complexity of the metering. 

For any queries please email nabers [at] environment.nsw.gov.au, or speak directly with your Assessor contact for any queries. 

Don't have an Assessor yet? Find a NABERS accredited Assessor here.


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