Sustainable apartments

Sustainable apartments

Water efficiency grants

Is your apartment building using too much water? Join us on 5 November for an event dedicated to water efficiency in apartment buildings. You will hear about the resources and incentives available to get water efficiency projects started in your building.
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Smart Green Apartments

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Smart Green Apartments

Just under 75% of residents in the local area live in apartment buildings. These vertical villages account for 38% of the local area’s water use, 10% of its greenhouse gas emissions and 11.5% of its waste.

To help owners and residents reduce their water and energy use, and minimise waste the City has developed the Smart Green Apartments program.

About Smart Green Apartments

Smart Green Apartments is a program that aims to help create more cost effective and efficient buildings, improve performance of shared services and amenities and minimise environmental impacts.

To develop the program, an initial 5 pilot buildings were engaged. Energy, water and waste assessments were undertaken, with each building receiving an action plan with recommendations to improve sustainability including associated costs and pay back periods.

Smart Green Apartments is being rolled out across a further 25 buildings. The program is working with executive committees, strata managers and building managers to build the capacity for owners corporations to implement upgrades and plan for sustainability into the future.

Invaluable data is being gathered from the program with the hope that over the next few years this ground work will instigate significant change across all of the local area’s residential apartment dwellings.

Benefits of the program

Well performing, efficient buildings cost less money to run and are in increasing demand from prospective buyers and renters.

All 5 of the pilot buildings in the program underwent upgrades to their lighting. One building is now saving $10,600 each year through bulb upgrades in the lifts and car park. Another building is saving 82% in power use through fire escape lighting upgrades.

The first and current phase of the program focuses on developing and delivering Smart Green Apartments to 30 buildings.

If you would like to hear results and be alerted to future developments and events, please register your interest by visiting the link below and completing the short survey.

Initial results of the program are available on our sustainability resources page.


Smart Green Apartments Program Manager
02 9265 9333


Register your interest in Smart Green Apartments

Smart Blocks

This is a new national program helping apartment owners and their managers save money by improving energy efficiency in apartment buildings. An online toolkit is at the core of the program that guides users towards energy saving initiatives in common areas of their buildings.

Smart Blocks was initiated by the Smart Green Apartments program alongside Strata Community Australia, City of Melbourne, Green Strata and Owners Corporation Network of Australia. To find out more, visit the Smart Blocks website via Links below.


Smart Blocks

Green Strata

Green Strata is a Sydney-based, not-for-profit organisation that evolved due to the lack of sustainability knowledge easily obtainable for strata-titled property owners.

Run by property owners, the organisation focuses on helping occupiers of apartment buildings improve the sustainability of their property and the community of residents.

The Green Strata site

The site aims to be a destination for strata owners looking for information to improve the sustainability of their buildings, case studies of what owners have already achieved and how they did it as well as independent recommendations for a range of related products and services.


Green Strata

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 October 2014