For businesses and energy users

For businesses and energy users

Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Why be energy efficient in commercial buildings?

If you own or manage commercial property, it pays to be energy efficient.

For building owners and managers, improving the efficiency of your property will:

  • Improve asset value by reducing the costs to operate and maintain your building
  • Attract more tenants, more quickly and reduce tenant turnover
  • Deliver higher rents
  • Help address your goals for corporate, social and environmental responsibility

For tenants in commercial buildings, locating your business in space that is energy efficient will:

  • Save money on your energy bills
  • Minimising your exposure to fluctuating energy prices
  • Increase productivity by enhancing your staff's working environment
  • Help address your goals for corporate, social and environmental responsibility


There are many opportunities for owners and tenants to reduce costs, improve performance and maximise productivity in commercial buildings.

Common areas for action include:

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Lighting
  • Appliances and equipment
  • Metering and monitoring
  • Building Management Systems
  • Cogeneration/trigeneration systems

You can read more about these technologies on the website.

Resources and Methodologies for Energy Efficiency in Commercial Property

Click the following links to read about key programs and methodologies that can assist with energy efficiency project or programs in commercial buildings:

Case Studies

Read about successful energy efficiency projects in commercial buildings across Australia:

Building Upgrade Services Directory

All successful building upgrades, from tuning a HVAC system to undertaking a comprehensive whole building retrofit, have one thing in common – they are undertaken by professionals and companies that are reputable and have appropriate levels of expertise in their area.

Developed by the EEC in partnership with the City of Sydney, the Building Upgrade Services Directory is designed to give owners and managers of commercial buildings and multi-unit residential dwellings information that assists them to identify service providers they can trust.

Click here to view the Directory.


Find a Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Expert

If you're thinking about planning an efficiency project, upgrading equipment or implementing a new strategy to save money by improving the energy efficiency of your office, retail or other commercial property, there are a range of experts ready to work with you.

By working collaboratively with an expert provider who specialises in commercial property, together you will develop an energy efficiency program that delivers lasting results for your business.

EEC Members

Energy Efficiency Council members have significant experience of delivering projects, providing innovative technologies, high quality products and smart approaches designed to help clients in the commercial building sector realise significant energy and financial savings.

By supporting the peak body for the sector, EEC members have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the development of a high quality energy efficiency sector in Australia.

Click here to view EEC members with expertise in the commercial building sector

EEC Professional Certifications

EEC Professional Certifications is an umbrella certification framework, which includes the:

  • Certified Emissions Reduction Leader for Commercial Buildings;
  • Certified EnMS Advisor; and
  • Certified Insulation Installer.

It demonstrates the EEC’s ongoing commitment to developing the future energy and related services workforce for Australia.

Click here to learn more.

Performance Measurement and Verification Analyst (PMVA)

Measurement & Verification (M&V) methods and processes are used to measure and verify energy savings a defined, disciplined and transparent way. M&V forms a vital part of any energy efficiency project or upgrade.

The EEC, in collaboration with the Efficiency Valuation Organization provides profiessional training workshops for M&V professionals in order to raise standards in M&V. The right to use the PMVA title is granted to those who demonstrate proficiency in the M&V field by passing a 4-hour written exam and meet the required academic and practical qualifications. 

Click here to learn more.