Commercial building energy efficiency

Closed 14 Jan 2015

Opened 14 Jan 2015

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The climate change function transferred to our department from the Department of the Environment and Energy on 1 February 2020.

Finalised method determination

The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Commercial Buildings) Methodology Determination 2015 was made on 14 January 2015.

Project applications to implement the Methodology Determination may be made to the Clean Energy Regulator.

About this method

The Determination covers projects that improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, which would reduce emissions associated with fuel combustion and electricity consumption at buildings. Activities to improve the energy efficiency of a commercial building could include modifying, removing or replacing energy-consuming equipment in the building, changing energy use within the building, or changing the components or shell of the building to influence energy consumption.

The Determination makes use of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy ratings and tools for commercial buildings to quantify emissions reductions and energy savings from energy efficiency activities undertaken as part of an Emissions Reduction Fund commercial buildings project. NABERS rates the energy performance of four types of commercial buildings — office buildings, shopping centres, data centres and business hotels. The Determination calculates emissions reductions associated with upgrades to office buildings, shopping centres and business hotels, but not data centres.

Development of this method

Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) advice

The ERAC's advice to the Minister regarding the suitability of the Determination to be made is published here, in accordance with Section 106(11) (C) of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

Draft determination and explanatory statement

A draft method determination for Commercial building energy efficiency was released for public comment.

Note: A draft method determination that is open for public comment should not be relied upon for planning an ERF project. Draft method determinations may be modified following public consultation and are not final until made by the Minister for the Environment.


  • Emissions Reduction Fund


  • Climate Change
  • Emissions Reduction Fund