Leasing a green building
If you’re looking to lease a building, you can reduce your energy costs by choosing a building that has already implemented energy saving initiatives. The energy rating of the building can help you choose one that is more energy efficient.
Owners of office buildings that are 2000 square meters or more that are being sold or let, must have an up-to-date Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) and disclose the building’s rating to buyers or lessees. See the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program website to find out more.
You may also want to consider negotiating a green lease. With this type of lease, the tenant and the building owner look at ways to jointly reduce the energy usage of the premises, which can often result in benefits for both the landlord and the tenants.
If you’re already leasing a building, there are still steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your building. Download the NABERS Energy Management Guide for Tenants to find out more.