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The role of the surveying profession in reducing carbon emissions of existing office stock in the Melbourne CBD

Wilkinson, S., Reed, R. and Hoxley, M. 2006, The role of the surveying profession in reducing carbon emissions of existing office stock in the Melbourne CBD, in COBRA 2006 : Proceedings of the Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), [London, England].

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Title The role of the surveying profession in reducing carbon emissions of existing office stock in the Melbourne CBD
Author(s) Wilkinson, S.
Reed, R.
Hoxley, M.
Conference name Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2006 : London, England)
Conference location London, England
Conference dates 7-8 September 2006
Title of proceedings COBRA 2006 : Proceedings of the Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Editor(s) Sivyer, Elaine
Publication date 2006
Conference series Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Publisher Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Place of publication [London, England]
Keyword(s) surveying profession
office buildings
carbon emissions
Summary As professionals, surveyors and property professionals are in the front line and have a moral and ethical duty to take a lead when advising clients appropriately on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings. As such, surveying professionals and the profession must increase their knowledge base and enhance their skills in respect of built environment sustainability. This research conducted a detailed analysis of energy efficiency in the Melbourne CBD office stock and examined all office buildings to identify what was likely to happen between 2005 and 2020 in respect of carbon emissions. The research profiled a business-as-usual or no change approach, a minor change approach, an intermediate approach, and a major change approach. The study examined variables such as building size, number of employees, occupancy levels, visual appearance and age. After modelling all CBD office buildings, it was recommended that an intermediate change scenario should be adopted. This course of action incorporates a transition period and includes increasing ‘green power’, increasing the number of employees per buildings, as well as reducing electricity and gas consumption. It was concluded that the surveying profession should adopt a proactive stance towards office buildings and climate change, which is currently being stifled by barriers such as a lack of education and perception concerning the long-term benefits of energy efficient office buildings. To date there has been much debate and promotion of policies to encourage the uptake of sustainability practices within the property sector; however, this research concludes that action is needed if targets are to be met.
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ISBN 9781842193074
Language eng
Field of Research 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022414

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