NABERS UK – Energy for Offices

NABERS Energy measures the efficiency of an office building and rates its performance. The energy rating works by comparing the energy consumption of a building against a set of benchmarks that have been developed using actual data.

NABERS Energy rates the base building performance. This includes central services like heating and cooling systems, lifts and lobby lighting, allowing office buildings to be compared based on how the central services are being run to provide a comfortable working environment for users.

There are two official documents which explain in detail how ratings are to be calculated. These are an important reference for Licensed Assessors.

Is my building eligible for a NABERS Rating?

A building is considered eligible for a NABERS rating if all of the eligibility criteria detailed below are met:

a) Building type: during the rating period, the building or part of the building was used as an office, or, if unoccupied, capable of being used as an office.

Note 1: Purpose-built educational buildings (e.g. a school or non-office buildings on university campuses) or medical centre buildings are not considered educational office facilities or medical office facilities as they are not a tenancy within a commercial office building. Therefore, they cannot be assessed for a NABERS Energy for Offices rating.

b) Building consumption data: less than 80 % of the building’s total office NIA has been excluded due to lack of consumption data using the method described in Section 4.5.5 of the Rules for Energy for Offices [link].

c) Building energy coverage: the minimum energy coverage is met, as described in Chapter 6.

d) New buildings and major refurbishments: new buildings or buildings undertaking major refurbishments are eligible for a NABERS rating as soon as 12 months of a rating period can be completed. In these cases, the rating period can start as soon as one of the following conditions is met (whichever occurs first):
1) 75% of the office NIA is occupied by tenants; or
2) It has been two years since the certificate of completion was issued.

What if my building has had high levels of vacancy e.g. due to COVID-19?
Occupancy levels are only relevant for new buildings or major refurbishments, so essentially operational buildings with high levels of vacancy are eligible for a NABERS rating to be conducted. Please note however, there may be a difference in subsequent ratings if occupancy levels go back to pre-pandemic numbers. In Australia, some buildings have received higher ratings during that low occupancy phase, however some haven’t changed significantly as plant operations continue to run regardless of occupancy.

NABERS UK The Rules - Energy for Offices

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NABERS UK The Rules - Metering and Consumption

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Benefits of a NABERS Energy rating

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NABERS Energy ratings form the basis of a robust sustainability strategy. They provide a fair benchmark for a building’s energy efficiency, enabling comparison across the industry.

Validate and communicate

NABERS provides cost-effective, high-trust and independent validation of energy data, ensuring confidence in reporting it publicly and communicating it simply.

Track and improve

NABERS star ratings are an essential framework for annual reporting and sustainability strategies. With annual ratings, performance improvements and reduced energy and emissions can be delivered over time.

Competitive edge

Having a building that has a lower environmental impact, lower running costs and being able to communicate that simply and with confidence gives building owners the competitive advantage with prospective investors and occupiers.

How to get a NABERS Energy rating

To get a NABERS Energy rating you need a Licensed Assessor to undertake an assessment of your building.

Training is now available, and a Licensing pathway has been developed and the first Licensed Assessors have been receiving their Licenses since September 2021.
To receive a rating on your project you must contact a NABERS UK Licensed Assessor.

Estimate your NABERS rating

Two calculators are available for you to explore what star rating your building could achieve; a simple calculator and a reverse calculator. These are available in a single download below.

  • Use the simple calculator to get an idea of the NABERS rating your building may be able to achieve. Input building details and energy consumption data to generate a star rating.
  • Use the reverse calculator to estimate maximum energy use for a given star rating. Enter a target rating plus building details, energy consumption types and proportions. This will generate maximum allowable energy consumption.

Results are an indication only and may not be promoted or published.

Download both calculators here and select a tab.

NABERS UK is administered by BRE and overseen by NABERS as scheme owner on behalf of the New South Wales (NSW) Government in Australia.

For information on pricing please see our pricing page.

Please note: The [Interim Ruling for Thermal Energy Systems v1.0 August 2021] replaces the Validation Protocol for Thermal Energy Exclusions, v2.0, 2008 that is referred to in the Rules for Metering in Consumption (in Section 1.5 and throughout the document).

Useful downloads

NABERS UK The Rules - Energy for Offices

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NABERS UK The Rules - Metering and Consumption

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Interim Ruling for Thermal Energy Systems v1.0 August 2021

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NABERS UK Reverse and Simple Calculators

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