Commercial Buildings Audit Programmes

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The Commercial Buildings Audit Programmes aimed to encourage commercial building owners to undertake efficiency measures that would otherwise not have occurred due to capital constraints. They grew out of the Energy Intensive Business Grants and Improve programmes, both of which had been superseded. The Commercial Buildings Audit Programmes have now been subsumed into 'EECA Business Programme'.
Under the Commercial Buildings Audit Programmes, part-funding (up to 40%) was provided for energy efficiency projects in commercial buildings where there was a genuine financial barrier preventing the project occurring.Projects were delivered through contracted service providers, sourced by way of a RFP process. Electricity savings are guaranteed (90%) with repayment mechanisms in place for any shortfalls. Although most providers focused on multiple project types & technologies, some focused exclusively on one type (e.g. lighting, continuous commissioning, monitoring & targeting). The commercial programme delivered annual savings of around 0.5 PJ a year; at a cost to Government of around 25% of the cost of building new supply assets. Courses were in place to improve electricity management and efficiency in the commercial building services industry -targeting energy specialists, facilities managers and commercial property valuers. Courses were delivered by the Energy Management Association New Zealand (EMANZ) which is an industry association of energy management experts including energy auditors, energy managers and suppliers of energy efficiency products and services.
In May 2013, EECA Business in collaboration with the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), launched a new scheme to measure and rate the energy performance of commercial buildings in New Zealand. The New Zealand scheme, NABERSNZ „¢, is based on the successful National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and has been adapted for New Zealand conditions.
NABERSNZ „¢ is a voluntary scheme that aims to assist owners and tenants to reduce energy use and costs, and reduce greenhouse emissions. Under NABERSNZ „¢ qualified assessors measure and score the energy performance of office buildings, giving tenants and owners a star rating out of 6.
EECA provides part-funding of up to $100,000 per project via loans to organisations within the public sector (such as schools, hospitals, central and local government buildings and facilities, such as swimming pools) to fund energy improvements.