Guidance on sustainable development
Incorporating general design features during the planning and construction stages of development can reduce resource use and improve a building’s operational efficiency.
Project Status: When you need to do this
Consider sustainable elements early in the design process to save money, time and effort later.
We encourage you to discuss opportunities for sustainability excellence with us at the earliest stages of your development proposal.
What you need to do
Buildings in our area account for around 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. As Sydney grows it is important to design and build efficient and environmentally smart buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation.
We have set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels 70% by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
The state government's Greater Sydney region plan and eastern city district plan include actions to support the NSW target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Incorporating general design features during the planning and construction stages of development can reduce resource use and improve a building's operational efficiency. There are also best practice environmental benchmarks for buildings such as offices, hotels and serviced apartments, residential and retail buildings.
These benchmarks are higher than compliance requirements – they are not planning requirements and are not mandatory. Mandatory standards for development are detailed in the Sydney Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan.
Below are some design features that can improve building performance, moving us closer to our sustainability goal of net zero buildings in the city.