Sydney sets its sights on becoming a world-leading sustainable city

CUSTOMER PROFILE

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is a group of leading Sydney building owners representing more than half the office floor space in Sydney’s CBD. The BBP aims to improve the energy, water and waste efficiency of existing buildings and help Sydney become one of the world’s most sustainable cities by 2030.

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

As a long-term, collaborative project, the BBP needed to collect a broad set of historical data from a diverse range of large organizations, and establish a robust, secure and flexible data capture and reporting system.

SOLUTION DEVELOPED

The BBP selected Envizi for Sustainability. Envizi modified and expanded the implementation process to accommodate extensive stakeholder engagement and the large volume of historical data to be captured.

VALUE CREATED

With Envizi, the BBP has a set of robust and flexible tools to benchmark and report on short-term environmental goals, and continually track progress towards its long-term goals throughout this visionary project.

“In partnership with Envizi, the Better Buildings Partnership and City of Sydney hope to inspire broader market transformation, and provide our members with a robust method of evidencing their contribution towards the…ambitious targets.”

Esther Bailey, Program Manager, Better Buildings Partnership

ENVIZI FOR BBP

Sydney sets its sights on becoming a world-leading sustainable city

The City of Sydney, an Australia local government authority, has set an ambitious target to be a global leader in sustainable buildings, precincts and urban development. And with support from Envizi, the City is well on its way.

To help meet its sustainability goals as part of its ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’ plan, the City of Sydney launched the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) in June 2011.

Modelled on similar schemes operating successfully in London and Toronto, the BBP comprises 14 foundation member organizations – including AMP Capital Investors, the GPT Group, Lend Lease and the University of Sydney – that collectively own over half the office floor space in Sydney’s city center. In addition to these founding members, the number of general and associate members continues to grow.

A major goal in the ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’ plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 (from a 2006 baseline). The first step for the BBP was to establish the 2006 baseline and implement a system to measure and report on its progress.

The BBP needed to capture data from the founding members, plus any future members, across a diverse range of data types, and without compromising each organization’s commercially sensitive information. With members already overburdened by the requirements of various environmental reporting schemes, the BBP needed to minimize the time and cost required to report.

The BBP creates new value with Envizi

The BBP selected the Envizi for Sustainability platform, configured with an agreed set of building-related environmental performance data.

For the first phase of the project, Envizi established a baseline by acquiring data dating back to 2005 from each BBP member for all buildings. This data included building type, size, location, ownership details, energy consumption, waste generation, GHG emissions, potable water consumption and the NABERS rating for energy and water.

Ensuring a secure and flexible environment

The system was configured with multiple levels of security to ensure data privacy, while also being flexible enough to add new member organizations and new data sets as the BBP grows.

“Privacy has been really well controlled,” says Esther Bailey, BBP Program Manager. “And Envizi has been supportive and easy to work with throughout such a complicated deployment.”

Harnessing insights from diverse data

To minimize the effort required by members to manage and report on data, Envizi employed custom automation and established an extensive database management and verification process. This leverages existing reporting obligations, minimizes the amount of manual data entry and ensures that data is up to date and accurate.

The Envizi for Sustainability platform also includes a reporting tool that allows BBP to produce ad hoc and scheduled reports, and a data analysis tool for intuitive and powerful analysis and visualization of environmental performance data.

The BBP’s energy savings initiatives have slashed more than AU$25 million off members’ annual power bills, and the Envizi software allows the BBP to evidence these results.

“The data analytics and reporting in Envizi is providing our members with the competitive insights they need to continue to drive internal excellence,” says Bailey. “In fact, it’s been so effective that our members are pushing for more data to be added to Envizi.”

Inspiring a more sustainable future

As the BBP moves towards its goal of having 100% of the City of Sydney local government area’s electricity, heating and cooling supplied from renewable sources by 2030, it will be supported by a technology partner willing to invest in the platform’s ongoing development, so it can meet the evolving needs of this visionary, long-term project.

“In partnership with Envizi, the Better Buildings Partnership and City of Sydney hope to inspire broader market transformation, and provide our members with a robust method of evidencing their contribution towards the BBP’s and City of Sydney’s ambitious targets,” says Bailey.

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