2014 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Better Buildings Partnership – Better Buildings Partnership, NSW
The Better Buildings Partnership is a leading-edge collaboration between Sydney’s commercial landlords that is unlocking improvements to building sustainability, performance and value – like waste management, on-site energy and green leasing – previously thought impractical or impossible. As a partnership, the group is capable of lowering hurdles for important improvements to buildings The partnership also enables industry and the supply chain to overcome market failures, such as leasing that limits the ability for landlords to collaborate and improve tenants’ comfort, productivity and sustainability. Due to the Partnership representing over 90 per cent of prime-grade buildings in Sydney CBD and significant proportions in other CBDs across Australia, when commitments to better leasing principles are made, change is all but guaranteed to happen.
In 2012, the Better Buildings Partnership began an innovative new approach to build capacity across the industry with best practice (green) leasing. The project, still ongoing, has led to over 100 senior industry stakeholders directly involved in the co-creation of model lease clauses, factsheets on choosing and specifying better buildings and future works on communicating the value of better leasing frameworks to tenants in situ. The work thus far has engaged over 30,000 in Australia’s property sector and is planting the seed for embedding green leasing as standard practice in years to come.