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

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sara Wilkinson, Richard Reed, M Hoxley
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.



Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2006 : London, England)


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


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2006, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


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COBRA 2006 : Proceedings of the Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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