CIBSE takes over as scheme administrator for Nabers UK

Institution was a founding member of scheme’s steering committee

Timber Square in London, engineered by Hoare Lea, has a five-star Nabers UK Design for Performance target rating

CIBSE has taken over from BRE as administrator of the Nabers UK scheme.

Adapted from the Nabers environmental performance rating programme that was developed in Australia more than 20 years ago, the UK scheme was launched in 2020.

CIBSE has supported its development and is one of the founding members of the Nabers UK steering committee.

Nabers UK offers ratings, ranging from one to six stars, based on the measured and verified energy use of operational offices.

CIBSE will work closely with BRE to enable a smooth transition and support the next phase of the scheme’s growth in the UK.

Nearly 150 new and refurbished office buildings are setting Nabers UK Design for Performance targets, representing a ‘significant portion’ of UK office developments.

Following the collection of 12 months’ operational energy data, existing buildings are also pioneering the verification of performance in-use through Nabers UK.

Around 90% of Australia’s office space has been certified under Nabers, resulting in energy-use reductions of more than 40% across the sector.

CIBSE chief executive Ruth Carter said: ‘We are delighted that CIBSE is now overseeing the administration of Nabers UK. This strategic move aligns with our commitment to advancing energy efficiency in the built environment. Nabers UK plays a crucial role in bridging the performance gap and enhancing transparency. We are excited to contribute to the continued success and impact of Nabers UK.’

Nabers director Carlos Flores said: ‘CIBSE has an illustrious history of leadership in building sustainability and decarbonisation, and an unmatched track record in certification and the development of technical standards.

‘Buildings in the UK can and should lead the world in tackling the climate crisis, and we are excited about the role Nabers UK can play with an organisation of CIBSE’s calibre at the helm.’