Sustainable Council Buildings: Benchmarking Analysis

When: Thursday 11th December, 3pm-3:45pm AEST
Where: Your desk
How: Reserve your seat here

Ironbark is teaming up with Victorian councils to deliver the next large-scale statewide sustainability program. This time the aim is to tackle building energy and water use. This is not aimed at one or two facilities but up to hundreds of buildings in each council area. The program aims to collectively tender energy and water efficiency programs to get the best project outcomes and the best cost for councils and we're holding a webinar on Thursday 11th December from 3pm to introduce the 2015 Sustainable Council Buildings Program

The program is modeled on the successful MAV-Ironbark street lighting support program that has seen 85% of Local Governments in Victoria tackle street lighting energy efficiency at a large scale, reducing emissions from the sector by around 30-40% through the replacement of what is now (at last count) 250,000 inefficient street lights with more efficient alternatives. 

It also leverages from the experience and lessons of the successful Victorian State Government’s Efficient Government Buildings, formally known as Greener Government Buildings. The Efficient Government Buildings program is projected to reduce the Government's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2020 and deliver over $2 billion in accumulated cost savings. 

Who is Presenting

  • Hugh Butcher, Acting Coordinator Environmental Management from the City of Yarra and Peter Whittle, Greenhouse Accounting Officer from the City of Yarra will discuss Yarra’s experience replicating the Efficient Government Buildings Program
  • Paul Brown, Managing Director at Ironbark will reflect on how isolated yet complex buildings projects can be turned into wide scale programs.
  • Shane Melotte, Senior Project Manager at Ironbark will outline the steps involved in the 2015 Sustainable Council Buildings Program

Who should Attend

Staff who work with council buildings - asset managers, building managers, building maintenance staff, sustainability officers and managers, capital works staff.


Why Sustainable Council Facilities?

Roughly 85 per cent of Local Governments in Victoria are now tackling street lighting energy efficiency at a large scale through the MAV-Ironbark Street Lighting Program. This will reduce emissions from the sector by around 30-40% through the replacement of approximately 250,000 inefficient street lights with more efficient alternatives. 

The MAV-Ironbark Street Lighting Program has been a systematic approach that provided councils with a clear pathway to prepare, fund and deliver on these street lighting projects. The result has been that 67 of Victoria’s 79 councils (85%) have now implemented an energy efficient street lighting project (or are in the process of implementing) representing cumulative financial savings of more than $431 million through reduced electricity use and maintenance costs and combined greenhouse gas reduction of 1.56 million tonnes. The MAV-Ironbark Street Lighting Program has been a great success story for Victorian councils. 

Council buildings are generally not being addressed in a similar systematic manner, instead relying on approaches such as the ad-hoc implementation of building audit recommendations. It is now an appropriate time to tackle buildings in a similar comprehensive manner to street lighting. On average, approximately 40% of council greenhouse emissions come from buildings, which is similar to the amount from street lighting.

What are the legislative requirements of procuring these projects?

Councils are generally required under the Local Government Act to publicly tender any projects of this scale. The support program will assist councils in meeting their requirements under the Act.

What are the opportunities for aggregation?

The program aims to collectively aggregate energy and water saving projects across multiple buildings in a given Local Government area. In addition, opportunities to increase scale by combining projects across multiple Councils and if relevant with the community will be investigated. This approach will enable increased project scope and savings and reduced project costs through aggregation. 

What are the typical timeframes?

Ironbark recommends that councils allow for the following timeframes for this project:

  • 12 months to scope and plan
  • 2 year project delivery and establishment for the measurement and verification process
  • Typically the Measuring and Verification (M&V) process would extend for 3-7 years beyond project completion.

We have been implementing efficiency on our buildings for some time. Is it worth our council being involved?

Involvement in the program is up to each council. The experience of Yarra and the State Government (both of which had been actively implementing significant efficiency programs for over 10 years) show that even very active councils can achieve significant savings under this model.

How can I find out more?

Attend the webinar! You'll hear from the experiences of Yarra, an overview of the State Government's Efficient Government Buildings program and lots of opportunities for questions. If you can't make it then simply contact Ironbark.