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Greener Apartments Programs


What is the Greener Apartments Program?

The Greener Apartments Program is a free Council initiative to assist apartment buildings and strata schemes reduce their energy, water and waste resulting in potentially thousands of dollars of savings per year. By joining the program you receive free, independent expert advice and support to help lower running costs and live in a more sustainable building that is operating more efficiently.

This is a pilot project with the goal of creating case studies to demonstrate to other apartment buildings and strata schemes the benefits of conducting energy efficiency, water and waste assessments and upgrades.

Council will work with a select number of buildings to identify opportunities to reduce:

  • Operating costs
  • Common area energy use
  • Gas use
  • Water use
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Waste

Why get involved?

Buildings selected to participate will receive free:

  • Energy, water and waste efficiency assessments performed by industry specialists
  • Detailed reports clearly illustrating the financial case for upgrades
  • Implementation support

 Who should apply?

We are looking for all apartment buildings committed to reducing their energy, water and waste and saving on operating costs. We encourage applications from all style of buildings, from small blocks through to large blocks with high energy bills and large communal facilities such as pools, gyms and underground car parks.

Selection criteria: We invite interested residents and Owners Corporations/Body Corporates to submit an expression of interest.  Successful applications will be those whose applications demonstrate high likelihood of implementing the suggested measures, opportunities for energy, waste and water reductions and the prospect of providing case studies for buildings with similar facilities.

How to apply

Complete the Greener Apartments Program application form

Project process:

1.      Interested residents submit the expression of interest application.

2.      Council assesses expressions of interest and determines successful applicants.

3.      Council organises and funds the energy, water and waste assessments and reports.

4.      Building management or strata committee reviews energy, water and waste saving options and determines implementation.

5.      Council requests feedback from participants to create case studies to support other buildings interested in energy, water and waste efficiency upgrades.

Additional Resources

  • Case Study: Watch the video to see how an apartment on Longueville Road is saving more than $1,800 a quarter in common area costs.                                                                                                                                                                         
  • City Futures Research Centre – How to implement sustainable retrofits in your strata scheme from UNSW Built Environment
  • Alternative Technology Association - Renters guides to sustainability (Homes and apartments)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Good Practice Guide for Facilities Managers - This guide was developed by the Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA) to help facilities managers in their role to maintain and sustain their buildings.