Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin says local commercial building owners can take advantage of the Rudd Government’s new $90 million Green Building Fund which offers dollar-for-dollar support up to $500,000.

Ms Saffin said the fund will help businesses tackle climate change by reducing the energy consumed in the existing commercial office buildings.

“I know local people are serious about tackling greenhouse gas emissions,” she said.

“After the Government announced its Green loans and grants for households in the Budget, I had a number of people asking about green initiatives for businesses.

“The Green Building Fund is aimed at owners of existing commercial office buildings, and will support retro-fitting projects that reduce energy consumption.

“Eligible projects can include upgrades to common area lighting, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and improvements to building fabric through glazing and shading.”

Ms Saffin said the Government is keen to include projects involving small, lower grade buildings where there is a significant opportunity for improvement.

“Under the fund, successful applicants will receive dollar-for-dollar support through grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000,” she said.

Ms Saffin said grants are also available to develop the knowledge, skills or capability of those involved in operating commercial office buildings, to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

“We all have an obligation to contribute to the challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and this is an opportunity for local businesses to be involved,” she said.

For further information on the Green Building Fund program, visit AusIndustry’s website www.ausindustry.gov.au, call the AusIndustry hotline 13 28 46 or email the hotline at hotline@ausindustry.gov.au