In a first for the Illawarra the Burelli Street building occupied by the NSW State Emergency Service in Wollongong has been given the highest possible 6 star NABERS Energy rating.
The highest NABERS rating followed the purchase of the property by Quality Green Group (QGG) in 2013 followed by more than $7 million in capital upgrades to the building in 2016 with a focus on energy and efficiency improvements.
Those upgrades initially resulted in QGG achieving a 5.5- star NABERS Energy rating in 2018. Which at the time was the highest ever rating for a property in the Illawarra.
Group manager Daniel Grozdanov said that was followed by careful management and attention to further adjustments, resulting in efficiencies improving further.
NABERS is Australia's national performance based rating that benchmarks the actual energy performance of a commercial building.
A 6-star rating is for the achievement of market leading results.
The SES HQ is one of only 38 office buildings in Australia to reach that level.
"In order to achieve such an impressive outcome requires the latest technologies and the ability to implement specific management systems," Mr Grozdanov aid.
"QGG has implemented similar applications to their other commercial buildings with two assets achieving 5.5 Stars during 2018 and 2019.
"QGG began rolling out large PV systems totaling 288kW in size across all three office assets in the Illawarra to further improve energy efficiency.
"The 100kW PV system at the SES HQ was completed in August 2019.
"The building has now achieved a 6-star NABERS Base Building Energy rating."
Mr Grozdanov said Quality Green Group has become a leader in energy performance in the Illawarra office market.
It now has three of the four highest rated buildings in the region.
"We are proud to continue in leading the Illawarra office market in achieving it's first 6-star rated building," he said.
"We want to have the second and third 6-star buildings as well and are on our way to achieving this."
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York welcomed the news that the State Headquarters in Burelli Street, Wollongong now has the highest possible energy rating.
"As we oversee the operations of NSW SES, it is important to be efficient with our resources, including our energy use," Commissioner York said.
"This is especially the case when responding to emergencies from State Headquarters, which often means members covering all hours of the day to assist their local communities.
"To have our State Headquarters equipped with this rating certainly helps our service be as efficient as possible."
MMJ Wollongong director Travis Machan described the 6-star rating as an outstanding achievement for the Wollongong based property owners who have now positioned their building amongst the best in Australia.
Principal Consultant for Rana Environmental and NABERS Assessor, Levi Gibson said the strategic pursuit of energy efficiency and improved star rating outcomes by Quality Green Group embraced the business case for operational cost savings, enhanced rental yield, the retention of high calibre tenants, and an overall increase in asset value, outcomes clearly supported by industry data from across Australia.
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