Government Property NSW is committed to being recognised as a centre of excellence in sustainable property in Government. This is underpinned by an Executive endorsed Sustainability Strategy, which was developed in consultation with key stakeholders.
The Strategy details the GPNSW's actions to implement the broader undertakings of NSW Sustainability Policy, but goes one step further to outline the actions to deliver on the GPNSW's commitment to become a leader in the field.
In May 2008, the Premier announced new benchmarks for environmental performance by Government agencies. These benchmarks are outlined in Premier's Memorandum 2008-28 - Sustainability Policy for the New South Wales Government.
For GPNSW, the key requirements are:
- all Government owned or tenanted office buildings over 1,000m2 to obtain 4.5 star environmental performance rating (NABERS) for both energy and water efficiency by 1 July 2011
- a 15% reduction in water consumption across all budget dependent agencies.
The Authority maintains a strong focus on addressing the environmental performance and sustainability of the Governments owned and leased Property Portfolio.
This includes energy and water saving initiatives and implementing a progressive strategy to achieve the Governments sustainability benchmarks. The strategy focuses on:
- Integration of sustainability into operational portfolio management
- Management of the Authoritys corporate response to sustainability
- Awareness, education and stakeholder engagement.
This will be achieved through initiatives including green lease schedules, a retrofit program to upgrade existing buildings in line with NABERS targets, improved metering and monitoring and developing sustainability tools and templates to assist agencies in improving the environmental performance of their office accommodation.
The Sustainability Policy for New South Wales Government detailed in Premier's Memorandum 2008-28 outlines how the Government will lead by example in sustainable energy and water use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fleet and waste management and sustainable procurement.
The policy is divided into five action strategies detailing coordination of commitments, coverage, benchmarks, implementation and reporting requirements.
The strategies are:
- Office buildings
- Health facilities
- Educational facilities
- Fleet management
- Waste, recycling and purchasing
GPNSW is identified as a key support agency in the delivery of the Office Building Strategy, in addition to meeting its own commitments for fleet, waste, recycling and purchasing.
GPNSW is supporting the delivery of the Government's Sustainability Policy through the application of its own sustainability strategy in the operational management of the government owned and leased property portfolio.
Greening our offices
GPNSW is undertaking a number of initiatives to improve the environmental performance of the property it manages and to assist government agency tenants with their sustainability requirements.
These initiatives are primarily focused on office accommodation and fall within the Office Building Strategy under the Government's Sustainability Policy being implemented in consultation with the Office of Environment and Heritage
The NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) has been selected for the Office Building Strategy to benchmark environmental performance for office accommodation over 1,000m2.
NABERS rates the environmental performance of existing buildings on 1-5 star scale. A five star rating represents best practice environmental performance, while a one-star rating indicates below average performance and opportunities for improvement.
NABERS ratings for offices include energy, water, waste and the indoor environment. Currently, only targets for water and energy have been published. The scheme is administered by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Government Property NSW has established the NABERS Rating Procurement Program. This program establishes a panel of NABERS Accredited Assessors to undertake NABERS ratings for Government premises at a fixed rate. If you would like to use Assessors from this panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Waste, Recycling and Purchasing
The Waste Reduction and Purchasing Policy (WRAPP) now forms part of the NSW Government Sustainability Policy which sets new targets for resource use, disposal and procurement across energy, water, fleet and waste.
All NSW Government agencies and State-Owned Corporations are required to develop and implement a WRAPP plan to reduce waste in four areas paper products, office equipment and components, vegetation material, and construction and demolition material.
Government Property NSW focus is on office consumables and the management of construction and demolition material from major capital works programs.
The results of a recently conducted staff sustainability survey are being used to update the GPNSW WRAPP strategies and actions.
For more information on WRAPP, what it is and why it is important, click HERE
The NSW Government Sustainability Policy incorporates the 2005 Cleaner NSW Government Fleet Policy.
Under the NSW Government Sustainability Policy, all NSW Government agencies are required to use E10 blends (or other alternative fuels) where practical, available and cost-effective. The State Property Authority encourages the use of E10 in its vehicle fleet.
For additional requirements, visit the Office of Environment and Heritage Management information. Additional information on greening the Government fleet (including tips to save fuel) is available HERE.
Beneficial solar panel pilots completed
Pilot solar panels projects that could result in more energy-efficient government buildings have recently been completed.
GPNSW aims to improve the environmental performance of its property portfolio through efficient water usage and renewable energy projects.
These projects are designed to deliver cost savings and cost benefits to office buildings.
Pilot solar panel projects were held at Dubbo Premier Centre Office Building, Wagga Government Office Building, Griffith Government Office Building and Orange Government Office Building.
These major regional government office buildings have provided valuable information about the usage of PV (photovoltaic) solar power in reducing energy consumption in government office accommodation.
Once the information is analysed, the Authority will be able to assess how the project has gone and whether PV solar power is an appropriate energy solution for other buildings.
Solar power and NABERS
Solar power and other energy efficiency measures will improve the NABERS ratings. NABERS energy is the performance benchmark for energy efficiency in the NSW Government Sustainability Policy.
Solar power does not generate greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the amount of electricity from the grid.
The pilot solar panels project commenced in January 2011.
Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)
Waste reduction and purchasing policy (WRAPP)