From 1 November 2011, owners of commercial buildings
must provide a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) when
selling, leasing or subleasing office premises.
Who is affected?
The Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010
(Cth) requires a BEEC to be provided when:
An owner offers to sell, lease or sublease a building (or part
of a building
The owner is a corporation;
If offered for lease or sublease, the term is longer than 12
months (including options);
The premises being offered has a net lettable area of more than
2000 square metres; and
The premises is used (or capable of being used) as an
However, you are excepted if:
The premises is part of a strata plan;
The premises is new (no older than two years) or has had a
major refurbishment within the last two years; or
Office space in your building comprises less than 75% of the
net lettable area of the building.
If an affected premises is owned by an individual, and a
corporation offers to purchase, lease or sublease the premises,
then the corporation has a right to request a BEEC. If you receive
an unsolicited request to purchase or lease your premises, you
cannot continue negotiating until you have provided a BEEC.
How to comply
Building Energy Efficiency Certificates are issued by an
accredited assessor and must contain:
The energy efficiency rating for the building (a NABERS
The energy efficiency of the lighting; and
General information as to how the efficiency of the premises
can be improved.
A BEEC energy efficiency star rating must be included in any
advertising for the sale, lease or sublease of affected
A list of all accredited assessors can be found at www.cbd.gov.au. All BEECs are required to
be registered on the public Building Energy Efficiency Register.
You may use a BEEC previously registered for your premises, however
they are only valid for 12 months.
If you're a corporation, non-compliance could currently set
you back $110,000 (plus $11,000 for each day the breach continues),
or if you're a person $38,500 (and $3,850 daily).
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