On top of the agenda for NABERS is making sure that every large building type can be rated through NABERS tools by 2023. This will help to cover the “major parts of the economy” that are currently uncovered by NABERS building performance tools. Currently only six sectors of the built environment can participate in the program.
Attempts to plug this gap will be led by expansion into schools, retail stores, healthcare buildings, industrial buildings, and more. The expansion will be driven forward by investments in technology to “amplify reach” and deliver value-adds to data and reporting services.
NABERS also aims to obtain more partnerships and collaborations, whilst also monitoring major building sector trends to ensure the ongoing relevance of their tools.
The next major step for the organization will be to help buildings embark on “sustainability journeys” by doubling the number of NABERS ratings, mainly by focusing on increasing uptake and improving existing tools. NABERS will also build the pool and capabilities of their assessors, streamline systems, and optimize processes.
The main goal of the organization is to see everyone living, working, and playing in a sustainable place with a net zero environmental impact for all Australian buildings.
The figures for 2018-19 show that NABERS certified 3229 ratings, with over 100 office buildings throughout Australia achieving a NABERS Energy rating of 5.5 stars or higher for the first time.