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Get to know your NABERSNZ

NABERSNZ is an energy performance benchmarking scheme for commercial buildings to provide owners and/or tenants an independently verified method of rating the energy performance of their building.
If you work with commercial buildings, you should ensure you have a detailed understanding of how NABERSNZ works and the benefits it can provide to both owners and tenants.
NABERSNZ is currently a voluntary scheme (unlike Australia where NABERS is mandatory) that assists in a complete understanding of a buildings’ energy performance. This includes advice on how you can better manage your energy use and how this can be reduced for potential savings to owners and tenants.
NABERSNZ Accredited Assessors measure and score the energy performance of a building – resulting in a star rating out of 6.  Information for comparison is also provided to track how your building is performing relative to other similar commercial buildings.

Financial benefits:
Higher ratings will help building owners improve property values and rents.  For tenants, higher ratings mean lower ongoing operating costs.
In New Zealand, commercial buildings use around $0.8 billion of electricity each year, accounting for around 9% of total energy use and 21% of our electricity use.  We estimate approximately 20-25% of this could be saved.
NABERSNZ can help you to identify energy savings opportunities and prioritize which ones could be implemented in your commercial building.

Roles and responsibilities:
Adapted to New Zealand conditions by EMANZ (Energy Management Association of New Zealand), the voluntary scheme is based on the successful National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).
NABERSNZ is administered by the NZGBC (New Zealand Green Building Council).  This includes training assessors and management of the assessment process.