Wellington buildings are set to become smarter and greener due to a new initiative between Wellington City Council, Microsoft and the Energy and Efficiency Conservation authority (EECA). The Wellington Smart Energy Challenge is a collaborative partnership which aims to lower energy consumption in the city’s commercial building sector, reduce costs and increase sustainability performance.
Property owners and managers can take up the (voluntary) challenge by doing the following:
- Committing to the Challenge.
- Setting up their energy data on Switch Automation’s cloud-based platform for building management and sustainability reporting
- Undertaking a building energy systems assessment to identify energy savings potential as well as a NABERSNZTM self-assessment (NABERSNZTM is a rating tool that measures the energy performance of existing office buildings).
- Implementing the savings plan targeting 10 per-cent energy savings.
The challenge seeks to teach building owners and managers about energy use, how to manage that use, and how to implement energy efficient strategies that will reduce energy costs, enhance the building’s energy performance and efficiency, and improve the comfort of occupants. The first 25 buildings to sign up to the Challenge will be given a free subscription to the Switch Automation data platform and are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding for approved energy efficiency initiatives.
You can read more about the challenge here