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Design and facilitation of the NABERS strategic plan review workshop



The Office of Environment and Heritage in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet



The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings. The most widely-used rating is for energy. NABERS Energy ratings are regularly conducted across 80% of Australian office floor area. A current rating at the point of sale or lease is now required by national legislation for organistions that meet energy use thresholds.


The NABERS program is delivered nationally by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) on behalf of state, territory and Commonwealth governments through the NABERS National Steering Committee. A Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets quarterly alongside the NABERS National Steering Committee.


In 2013 the first NABERS strategic plan was developed. This project involved the design and facilitation of a workshop involving both the National Steering Committee and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to review the strategic plan.


Work with the project team to design and faciliate a workshop to:

  • Engage and provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to provide input to the strategic plan review

  • Provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn from each other

  • Establish 'next steps' on a set of issues that had not been effectively addressed previously.



Feedback on the workshop was extremely positive. In particular participants appreciated the structured approach to working through strategic planning issues. At the same time they found the combination of workshop methods (small group work, presentations and discussion) to be engaging. Overall, participants found that they had the opportunity to share their perspectives and to learn from others though the process of reviewing the strategic plan.



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