Team Catalyst has conducted reviews for state and federal government departments on projects impacting government policy directions, providing strategic advice based on technical and financial analysis in the areas of energy efficiency in buildings, building rating tools, whole building energy simulation and life cycle cost analysis.
In December 2007, Team Catalyst and E3 International reported on a “Peak Demand Performance Rating Methodology and Standard for Commercial Office Buildings” for the South Australian Government, DTEI, Energy Division. Currently there are few, if any, such systems that seek to rate the maximum demand performance of a building. The study directly addresses the energy generation supply and demand conundrum in the electricity market
The Commonwealth Government has reinforced commitment for improved energy efficiency in buildings owned and leased by the Commonwealth. Team Catalyst provided a report in July 2008 to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), Government Energy Efficiency Team, which reviewed the stringencies of the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) policy.
At present the EEGO policy requires 4.5 NABERS energy star performance for all buildings owned and leased by the Commonwealth Government. Our report provided a technical and financial case for a possible tightening of stringency to 5 stars.
In September 2008, Team Catalyst provided a “Review of NABERS Energy as a Reporting Mechanism for Mandatory Disclosure”. This report discussed the appropriateness of NABERS Energy (previously ABGR) rating system for specific reporting activities envisaged by the Commercial Sustainability Team in the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA). The authors concluded that NABERS Energy was, at the time, the only rating system that had verifiable, evidence based performance reporting.
In June 2009, Team Catalyst and RMS carried out a review of the benchmarks for the NABERS energy ratings for commercial office buildings (then ABGR). The result outcomes led to the expansion of the star bands from 5 to 6 stars, an adjustment for star band stringencies for VIC, and provided a series of recommendations that could be addressed into the future.