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Case study

Southbank Holiday Inn Express targets 5 Star NABERS

Reducing energy consumption in the hotel industry 

The Holiday Inn Express at Southbank in Melbourne has been designed to significantly cut its energy consumption and achieve a 5 Star National Australian Built Environment Rating System Energy rating. 


room hotel

5 Star 

NABERS Energy rating target


less energy

Together with CEFC guidance, we will incorporate a range of initiatives into the Southbank project to improve the NABERS rating outcome to 5 stars. Walking the extra mile today on energy efficiency, by designing and developing our assets in the most environmentally friendly manner, means additional rewards later, including lower costs and higher guest satisfaction and employee engagement.
Ronald Barrott
CEO, Pro-invest Group

Our investment

The CEFC has committed $39 million to a construction and term debt facility as part of a co-financing for the $125 million project.  

our impact 

The hotel opened in December 2019 and is being operated by developer Pro-invest Group. It features a 22-storey mixed-use development, with a 345-room hotel, retail and commercial office space and car parking. 

By lifting the project from the initial target of a 4.5 Star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy rating to 5 stars, hotel energy consumption is expected to drop by some 25 per cent. To help achieve the 5 Star NABERS Energy rating, the Southbank Project incorporated high performance window glazing, high efficiency air-cooled chillers and condensing boilers and rooftop solar PV. Additional features include regenerative lift drives to enable the hotel to recycle energy and integrated building management and guestroom energy management systems. 

Last updated 17 September 2019. Victoria, Property, Sustainable Cities, Energy efficiency