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Commercial Building Disclosure. A national energy efficiency program



Overview of the program

The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program requires most sellers and lessors of large office spaces to provide energy efficiency information to prospective buyers and tenants. We collect and publish this information to make available clear and credible energy efficiency and greenhouse emissions data. This is creating a more informed commercial property market, and encouraging more energy efficient buildings and reduced emissions.

What is CBD?

The CBD Program mandates the disclosure of energy efficiency information for commercial office spaces of 2000 square metres or more. Disclosure of this information before sale or lease assists prospective buyers and tenants to make informed decisions. The CBD Program is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and is delivered by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.


Lists environmental and financial benefits of the CBD Program for building owners and lessors and for prospective tenants and buyers.

Legal framework

Links to relevant legislation, regulations and other instruments.

Resources and publications

Links to CBD Program guidance notes, application forms, templates and other publications.

Case studies

We will progressively add case studies showing how the CBD Program is being implemented and the outcomes.

Overseas Developments

Find out how governments in other countries are working to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings.


Statistical summaries  and overviews relating to the CBD Program.

CBD Review 2014/15

Outlines the independent review of the CBD Program being performed by ACIL Allen Consulting on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.