Victorian Energy Upgrades can help you save money on upgrade costs, reduce your energy bills and help the environment.

The benchmark rating activity, which is one of the program’s custom upgrade opportunities, is a new activity that measures the energy performance of a building compared with that other buildings of a similar size and usage.

The activity uses the NABERS rating certification, which provides a way of measuring the energy performance of a variety of different buildings. This allows businesses to claim discounts or rebates based on energy savings measured using before and after benchmark rating. 

The rebates are available for upgrades at the following types of buildings:  

  • Common areas of apartment buildings 
  • Data centres 
  • Hospitals 
  • Hotels 
  • Offices 
  • Shopping Centres

The majority of other activities used for calculating incentives for a given upgrade are estimated on average values for all activities across Victoria. However, some situations need a more customised approach, and that's where the benchmark rating could be a good approach.

Talk to an Accredited Provider to find out whether the benchmark rating activity will suit your project. You can either work with an existing Accredited Provider or become accredited yourself to access rebates. In either case, it is important to talk to your Accredited Provider early and before your upgrade has been carried out.

You can find an Accredited Provider and the type of service they offer on the Essential Services Commission's (ESC) website. On the ESC's website, search by VEEC Activities and select PBA benchmark rating.

Tips for participating

As with any market, it's worth shopping around and working out the right fit for your needs. Follow these tips when participating:

Check out Accredited Providers

There is a range of businesses accredited under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program offering different types of products, services, expertise and costs. 

Ensure the product's suitability

Under the custom upgrade activity, products that are installed do not need to be approved under the program. Make sure that you do your own research on the quality and suitability of the products for all working environments.

Check the level of rebate

The amount of rebate an Accredited Provider gives to its customers for participating in Victorian Energy Upgrades can vary.

Page last updated: 28/02/19