The latest round of Victorian Government grants to help reduce their energy costs is helping a improve the energy performance of a multistorey building in central Dandenong.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, announced that Upsndowns Investments Pty Ltd, will receive $30,000 through the State Government’s $1.76 million Better Commercial Buildings program. The money will be used to investment and upgrade the building at 280 Thomas St, in a project with potential energy savings that will allow it to achieve a 1 star NABERS rating improvement.

The Better Commercial Buildings program is helping building owners and tenants make their buildings more energy efficient and reduce one of their most fundamental operating costs. Common changes have included replacing out-dated heating and cooling systems, upgrading lighting and installing timer or movement switches, supplementing energy from the grid with solar panels.

Apart from helping to cut one of the most fundamental business operating costs, energy upgrades have been found to improve staff comfort and reduce complaints about hot and cold spots in offices.

The program can help improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) system by one star, on average.

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