The Green Building Fund Round 7

14 Feb 2011Archived News Climate Change Matters

The Green Building Fund aims to reduce the impact of Australia's built environment on greenhouse gas emissions, by reducing energy consumed in the operation of existing commercial office buildings, hotels and shopping centres.

Round 7 of the program is open to applications, with a closing date of Tuesday 29 March 2011. Applications must be submitted by 5pm local time in the State or Territory in which the application is lodged. This funding round has been extended to cover shopping centres as defined by NABERS (less than 15,000m2) and also hotels as defined by NABERS.

The program funding is directed towards retro-fitting or retro-commissioning existing commercial office buildings, hotels and shopping centres. The Green Building Fund is merit based and very competitive; there are no guarantees that your project will be selected. This is most likely the last round of funding to be offered, so don’t miss out!

Grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 are available, for up to half of the cost of retro-fitting and/or retro-commissioning a commercial office building, hotel or shopping centre to become more energy efficient and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Examples of eligible projects may include:

  • Upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Installation of new energy efficient equipment, such as chillers, boilers, pumps and fans
  • Changes to the building fabric, such as external glazing and shading
  • Building management and control systems to enable better monitoring of energy use
  • Application of co-generation systems or renewable energy.

Eligible applications are assessed against three merit criteria:

  • Potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction (worth 60% of merit score). This is based on projected reductions in carbon dioxide (equivalent) emitted per annum.
  • Demonstration potential (worth 20% of merit score). This looks at the potential to measure and share project learning and outcomes, including innovative technologies and approaches that could be adopted for other commercial office buildings, hotels and shopping centres.
  • Project design and management (worth 20% of merit score). This requires evidence that the project has been well planned to achieve and maintain the best possible outcome. This includes a well articulated and realistic project plan, staff and contractors with appropriate expertise and experience, and appropriate commissioning and staff-training plans.

There is a considerable amount of work that needs to go into preparing a business case for a green building fund application, including a current NABERS rating. If you think you have an office building, shopping centre or hotel that is in need of some energy efficiency improvements, contact Energetics quickly to help you apply for the funding. 

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