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FACILITY PERSPECTIVES | VOLUME 10 NUMBER 2
Improving building performance management systems
The Energy Efficient Office Building program (EEOB) is a pilot
grant program run by Sustainability Victoria. Through this program,
Sustainability Victoria is building a compelling business case for
investment to improve building performance management systems,
as an alternative to reactive adjustments to controls and settings.
The results so far have been extraordinary, with average savings
of 28 per cent for electricity and 29 per cent for gas usage. The
upgrades have also resulted in significant improvements in thermal
performance, and reductions in tenant complaints.
In July 2016, Sustainability Victoria and the Facility Management
Association will commence a series of seminars around Australia
to share the measured results of various upgrades, and the most
effective approaches to reducing running costs in mid-tier buildings.
For more information on energy efficient building measures,
go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/
Australia in the 21st century: it’s time we unlock
100 per cent of the workforce
On International Women’s Day this year, Senator the Hon. Michaelia
Cash, Minister for Women, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister
for the Public Service, said it’s time for female participation in the
workforce to match male participation.
Cash said that the magnitude of the benefits that would flow from
female participation is becoming much better understood by business,
government and the broader community. Innovation and new ideas
will be the keys to unlocking Australia’s future economic growth.
To read the full release, go to: ministers.dpmc.gov.au/
Certified carbon-neutral precincts a breath of fresh air for
The Australian Government’s certification system, which recognises
carbon-neutral businesses, products, services and events, will be
expanded to include cities, precincts and buildings.
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, said, ‘We
have listened to requests from the community, cities and business
to expand the National Carbon Offset Standard – which enables
businesses, products and events to be certified as carbon-neutral.
‘We are establishing an Expert Committee for carbon-neutral
precincts and cities, and the aim is for Australia to have our first
officially certified and operating carbon-neutral precinct or city by
The committee will also work towards a carbon-neutral
certification for Australia’s buildings.
The first meeting of the Expert Committee took place in April
2016, and members included representatives from big cities,
Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the Green Building Council of
Australia, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System,
and the CRC for Low Carbon Living.
To see the full release, go to: www.environment.gov.au/
Fire protection in the building industry – identifying risks
and understanding safety measures
FPA Australia and the Department of the Environment have been
working together on a specialist project on ways of improving the use
of extinguishing agents used in the building industry. Understanding
how the extinguishing agents in a facility’s gaseous fire suppression
system are regulated under national law has many benefits, including
protecting workers and the environment.
The findings from the project indicate that the building industry
accounts for the highest number of reported accidental discharges.
A fact sheet that can assist the industry with current
legislative requirements is now downloadable from the FMA
website at: www.fma.com.au/resources/fact-sheet-scheduled-
FPA Australia’s article on gaseous fire suppression systems
can be found on page 70 of this edition of Facility Perspectives.
Queensland Infrastructure Policy announced
In March, the Queensland Government released the final State
Infrastructure Plan (SIP) addressing the state’s future infrastructure
needs, with a focus on using resources wisely in partnership with the
private sector, and on implementing a program of reform initiatives.
Announced alongside the plan was an initial $500 million
investment into a new State Infrastructure Fund, and an intention to
deliver the SIP in partnership with industry.
For further information on the SIP, please visit
The Census needs your help
Can you imagine an Australia with no apartments? The 2016 Census
of Population and Housing needs your help to tell the whole story.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is seeking assistance
from managers and agents of secure apartment buildings. Over
the coming months, you may be asked to provide information or
building access to Census field staff, both before and after Census
night on 9 August 2016.
The Facility Management Association of Australia supports the
2016 Census. We also encourage our members to assist Census
field staff, who have the authority to access the common areas of
apartment buildings, including stairwells, corridors and lifts.
For more information, please call the ABS on 02 9982 6242.
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