Achieving net zero emissions

Sustainability

We're actively helping the world's built environment to achieve net zero emissions and accelerate progress toward ambitious targets.
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The built environment is the largest contributor to climate change.

The built environment is one of the largest contributors to climate change, accounting for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Given that 70% of those emissions are generated from building operations there is a huge opportunity for the sector to quickly and cost-effectively cut carbon emissions and play a critical role in achieving net zero.

CIM’s PEAK Platform empowers operation teams to maximise operational and energy efficiency across building portfolios. Buildings with smaller carbon footprints achieve higher sustainability ratings, increased financial performance and deliver a superior customer experience.

We're helping the built environment
achieve net zero emissions.

Buildings powered by the PEAK Platform have avoided the equivalent CO2 emitted from:
179k

Tonnes of CO2 reduced

41k

Vehicles not driven

3.2m

Trees grown for 10 years

277

GWh of Energy Saved

A 5-Step Strategy for your Net Zero roadmap

Almost all organisations have been trying to identify the best way to achieve maximum energy efficiency in their buildings and reach net zero. We strongly recommend employing a data-driven methodology and have found that organisations employing the following 5 step process achieve the greatest success.
Step 1

Monitor and avoid energy drift

The digitisation and subsequent monitoring of your portfolio should be the foundational element of your net zero roadmap. Data provides a benchmark to measure all future initiatives and will identify the biggest opportunity areas to improve sustainability performance.

Energy drift occurs for various reasons, including mechanical wear and tear, malfunctioning equipment, alterations or overrides to Building Management System controls, changing site conditions, or building design defects. Buildings can lose as much as 10-30% in energy efficiency and costs, every one to two years, only to ‘drifts’.

Step 2

Building Optimisation

Before committing to any capital investments, it is financially prudent to ensure that all the existing systems work at their highest efficiency. This is achieved by proactively fixing all system issues and then monitoring the system closely to ensure there is no drift in energy due to system, plant and equipment inefficiencies.

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) use more than 60% of a building’s total energy consumption and up to a third of that energy is often wasted due to HVAC malfunction, performance degradation and improperly tuned controls. When you consider that virtually all large buildings have HVAC operational issues, these statistics are hard to ignore.

Step 3

Upgrade and Electrify

Monitoring and optimising equipment can be hugely beneficial, but there will always be instances where equipment will need to be upgraded or replaced. With many upgrades, any commercial property can significantly reduce their energy consumption and environmental impact without a full renovation, even in older buildings.

If performed correctly steps 1 and 2 can generate significant cost savings which can be utilised to upgrade existing equipment. Electrification is one of the most important factors in decarbonizing buildings but also one of the most expensive. Any equipment that consumes fossil fuels such as furnaces, boilers and water heaters will need to be replaced.

Step 4

Renewables

Renewals can be utilised in 2 ways - onsite and offsite. Onsite electricity generation is only really cost effective, if your property has a large surface area like a shopping centre or airport. The goal of a transition towards building electrification: all-electric buildings powered by solar, wind and other sources of zero-carbon electricity. Renewables can be utilised offsite through your utility providers.

Step 5

Carbon Offsets

This is considered an emissions reduction strategy. However, it shouldn’t form a large proportion of an overall sustainability strategy, as offsetting is increasingly being seen as an act of greenwashing. The cost of offsets will also continue to climb.

Case Studies

Case studies from some of our amazing customers who are running buildings better.
Since 2016, CIM’s innovative PEAK Platform has helped Museums Victoria embed a modern approach to building management.
Since 2016, CIM’s innovative PEAK Platform has helped Museums Victoria embed a modern approach to building management.
Since 2016, CIM’s innovative PEAK Platform has helped Museums Victoria embed a modern approach to building management.
Since 2016, CIM’s innovative PEAK Platform has helped Museums Victoria embed a modern approach to building management.

Kyko's 193 North Quay achieves 5-Star lift in NABERS Rating

Following engagement with CIM in 2013, 193 North Quay increased its NABERS rating from zero to five.

Museums Victoria

Since 2016, CIM’s innovative PEAK Platform has helped Museums Victoria embed a modern approach to building management.

QIC GRE - Eastlands

The QICGRE operations team achieved a 15.4% combined demand reduction across the shopping centre on peak demand days.