What's required of businesses
To become a CitySwitch Green Office Signatory, organisations are required to:
commence a benchmark indicative NABERS energy tenancy rating of their office within 3 months;
develop and implement an energy action plan to achieve and maintain a 4 stars or higher accredited NABERS energy tenancy;
appoint an Energy Manager to monitor actual performance;
request a NABERS Eenergy base building rating from the building owner/manager;
promote energy efficiency to staff, customers and suppliers and share their experiences with other signatories; and
provide feedback on their success in an annual progress report.
Reporting and Recognition
September/October is the annual CitySwitch progress reporting period. This is a time when businesses measure their performance over the previous 12 months.
In November, the annual CitySwitch Awards are held to showcase signatories that have demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership. The awards give recognition to those who have improved, maintained or achieved their NABERS Energy tenancy or whole building rating and have reported significant energy savings.
Signatories are judged at a state level across a number of categories, with winners from each state going into the running for the National awards. Levels of involvement range from behaviour changes through to infrastructure changes.
View this short video by the City of Adelaide to learn more about the program including examples from signatories.