The High Income Sustainable Office Trust (HISOT) aims to improve the energy performance of existing commercial office buildings in major metropolitan markets on the eastern seaboard.
HISOT will develop and refurbish B and C grade buildings in outer metropolitan areas to increase energy performance and lower carbon emissions.
Energy efficient buildings have lower operating costs and have the potential to provide higher net operating income and have lower vacancy rates, providing clear benefits to building owners, investors and tenants.
Leading real estate fund manager EG Funds Management is developing the HISOT portfolio. HISOT is open to institutional investors, including superannuation funds, which have shown increasing interest in low emissions and sustainable investment opportunities in the mid-sized investment market.
Efficiency improvements can include the installation of integrated building and heating, ventilation and air conditioning management systems, including real-time energy monitoring technologies.
As HISOT grows it will purchase eligible buildings and reposition them. In broad terms, HISOT intends to improve the energy efficiency of properties to the equivalent of at least 4.5 stars NABERS.
The CEFC is a cornerstone investor in HISOT, committing up to $50 million in equity as part of its broader focus on helping the Australian property sector move towards zero carbon emissions. United Financial Services (UFS) and Tasplan Superannuation Fund are also HISOT investors.
Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, Property, Energy efficiency