Wanting to set environmental standards for your council buildings? Not sure of the impact of using the different tools (Green Star, NABERS, Sustainable Design Scorecard, MEPS, etc)? Wanting an evidence based approach to inform council decisions?
Many councils are formalising processes to ensure new and existing council buildings are sustainable. A common approach is to establish environmental performance standards to clearly communicate to stakeholders – such as architects and maintenance staff – what sustainability performance is expected.
A useful step in deciding which environmental standards and targets to set is to conduct a business case. The business case summarises the financial and environmental costs and benefits of different standards on the range of large and small building projects planned in upcoming capital works programs.
Download more information and a case study here (751 KB)
Business Case Results Webinar
Ironbark held a webinar on this topic on 14th October 2014 featuring:
- Rachel Weaver, Resource Efficiency Coordinator, Frankston City Council. Frankston have recently undertaken a business case to inform what kind of building performance targets to set within their ESD Policy for Council Buildings. Rachel talks about how they went about it and some of the outcomes it has helped to achieve.
- Paul Brown, Managing Director, Ironbark Sustainability. Paul profiles some actual examples of the impact of various environmental performance standards on building projects, and talk through how these figures can be generated at your council.
The webinar was recorded and is now available to view.
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