Energy monitoring dashboard helps deliver cost savings to tenants.
Colliers International has used its real-time, energy monitoring tool to join the small but growing number of Perth businesses who have cut their office energy costs along the way to achieving a 5 Star NABERS office tenancy rating.
The energy efficient office was secured by Colliers International after the agency combined its move to a new office at 197 St Georges Terrace with the adoption of an agile work place where staff select the work area that best suits their task.
After introducing a series of energy saving measures, Colliers International’s Sustainability Manager Patrick Jeannerat said the firm’s 1500sqm office had lowered its annual electricity bill to close to $25,000 per year.
“An average tenancy of the same size that does not look after its energy use could spend as much as $50,000 each year,” Mr Jeannerat said.
The improvements were tracked using Indigo Live, the energy managing dashboard developed by Colliers’s Occupier Service Division, which allows office occupants to set their own energy targets, track energy use and react quickly to prevent wastage.
Simple measures such as reprogramming lighting timers and switching off meeting room appliances contributed to the lower energy use but bigger reductions were made possible by the fit-out and workplace changes in the new office.
“As part of our agile work place, computers are stored in lockers when not in use and this was a significant factor,” Mr Jeannerat said.
“Computers can represent 40 per cent of an office’s energy so switching off computers at the end of the day was crucial.
“We also out-sourced our server infrastructure which significantly reduced energy consumption.”
As a result of its 5 Star NABERS rating, Colliers International has been short-listed as a finalist in the 2016 CitySwitch WA State Awards at Council House on November 10.
CitySwitch Green Office is a national program that helps office tenants to improve office energy and waste efficiency.
While landlords control the energy efficiency of common areas and air conditioning in a building, Mr Jeannerat said the CitySwitch program allowed tenants to take control of the lighting and small power equipment in their offices.
Colliers International’s Associate Director Tenant Advisory and Occupier Services Theo Smyrniotis said cost savings from base buildings and tenancies with high NABERS ratings were contributing to the overall shift towards lower operating expenses in Perth’s office market.
“Energy costs are a big outlay for office tenants so we are expecting strong demand for the Indigo Live dashboard which has the added benefit of allowing businesses to promote their workplaces as being environmentally responsible,” Mr Smyrniotis said.