Since lighting upgrades of office spaces often present split incentives to both owners and tenants, it is recommended that tenants collaborate with their property owner to implement a green fit-out. In its tenant checklist, in the Tenant Energy Management Handbook, the Department of Environment and Heritage advises tenants to assess the capacity for improving the environmental performance of base buildings.
The City of Melbourne has also established the Sustainable Melbourne Fund which may assist tenants take up green fit-out for their tenancies. Outlined below is step wise plan to help ensure successful adoption of sustainable lighting:
- Obtain board and senior management understanding and commitment to the project
- Establish a baseline for lighting performance – where you are now
- Establish sustainable lighting objectives and strategies- where you want to be
- Educate and motivate your staff to help them adapt to the changes in the office environment
- Integrate these strategies into the purchasing and administration policies and practices
- Communicate with lighting contractors to ensure that sustainable lighting technologies and designs are implemented as planned
- Establish lighting energy measurement systems and develop group KPIs
- Undertake regular performance monitoring and reporting.