How do we make our apartment buildings more sustainable?

No one person has all the answers - but collectively we as owners have all the answers.

No two buildings are the same - but each one can learn from others.

What does a "Green" building look like?

There are two 'standards' for building new sustainable apartment buildings and complexes – one voluntary, one mandatory. While some of the options are not possible to retrofit to existing buildings, they do give us insight into what is possible.

Recent News & Information

City of Melbourne $3,000 rebates

11/04/2014

The City of Melbourne is offering rebates to residential strata buildings to:

  • install solar electricity systems to power common areas
  • undertake lighting upgrades that improve energy efficiency in common areas

Individual water meters for new units in Sydney

31/03/2014

Sydney Water has mandated individual metering of units in new multi-level buildings from 1 September 2014. This means that units in these buildings will have individual metering rather than one meter that services the whole building. It makes it fairer for customers as their bill will reflect the water they actually use in their unit rather than subsidising other residents’ water bills. 

Ku-ring-gai Counci: Smart Units Meeting

Category: Energy

11/03/2014

Find out how to save money, energy and water and reduce your unit block's environmental impact and strata fees.

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Update for Energy Efficient Lighting Technology Report

Category: Energy

Topic: lighting

25/02/2014

The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage has recently updated the Energy Efficient Lighting Technology Report, to include the latest information on:

  • new LED technology,
  • Energy Savings Scheme rule changes, and
  • updated pricing for different lighting options.

Calculight, the lighting calculation tool, has also been updated and is free to download.

Release of the 5th Edition of Your Home

18/02/2014

In partnership with governments and written by experts across the residential building sector, Your Home provides a comprehensive, independent guide to building, buying or renovating a home. It shows how to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment — economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to changing needs. There’s also a new section on Buying and renovating an apartment.

You can view it online and download articles separately for free, or buy the printed copy.

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