Sustainable apartments

Sustainable apartments

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 14% 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.

We aim to share invaluable learnings and data from a group of 30 apartment buildings in our area who we have worked closely with to improve. 

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

Why sign up for updates

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

Many 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.

We will share case studies and tips for you to implement similar changes in your building from local relevant buildings. We’ll also alert you to any events where you will be able to meet like-minded people and be able to ask questions. 

Available funding assistance

We understand that upgrades often require money. In 2015 there are 3 new grants to assist you in getting these changes implemented:

  • The new innovation funding aims to support development or implementation of new technologies or processes that are currently not being implemented in the local market.
  • The new building operations grant helps you save money on utility bills by upgrading taps and showers with water efficient fixtures.
  • The new rating and assessment grant assists with funding an energy efficiency rating that assess how efficient your building is and helps build a case for upgrades.

For more information about these grants and to see whether you’d be eligible, download the grants guidelines document and scroll to pages 28 to 35.

Only buildings in our area are eligible to receive a City of Sydney grant.

If you have any questions about Smart Green Apartments, contact the program manager on the details below.

Or if you have a question about a grant, please contact the grants team.


Smart Green Apartments Program Manager
02 9265 9333

Residential Apartments Sustainability Plan 

The Residential Apartments Sustainability Plan is the City's first customer focused sustainability plan to deliver on our master plans for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water and waste.

Residential apartment buildings contribute 10% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, consume more than a third of its water and generate 14% of total waste. By 2030, 80% of our residents will live in apartments and 90% of new homes will be in high rise apartment buildings.

The plan sets targets, outcomes and practical actions for increasing sustainability in new and existing apartment buildings which will save our community money and reduce emissions, water and waste. It draws on extensive studies and stakeholder engagement to address challenges.

Under the plan, apartment sector greenhouse gas emissions will reduce by 40% and water consumption by 7% by 2030 with 70% of waste diverted from landfill by 2021. These are ambitious yet achievable targets that take account of the considerable growth in the sector. 

Smart Blocks

This is a 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 City of Sydney 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

Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan

We are seeking your feedback on the City’s draft Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan.

The strategy and action plan explains how we aim to improve our operational and local area environmental performance from 2016 to 2021.

The exhibition is open from 30 June to 12 August 2016.

Sydney Your Say  

Please note: Our residential apartments sustainability plan is a supporting document to the draft Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan, which is the City's most up to date set of environmental targets and actions.

Last updated: Thursday, 30 June 2016