Environmental sustainability in new buildings

Environmental sustainability in new buildings

Designing and constructing leading edge developments

Buildings in the City of Sydney 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.

The City has 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.

We encourage developers to discuss opportunities for sustainability excellence with the City at the earliest stages of your development proposal.

Best practice environmental benchmarks for buildings

Designing for building performance

We encourage smart, sustainable design that improves building performance to help us achieve our sustainability goals.

Office developments

We encourage developers to improve the environmental performance of their office buildings. Discover how you can take action.

Residential developments

We encourage higher performance for residential development proposals. They use less energy and water, cost less to run and are in demand.

Hotels and serviced apartments

We’re working to make Sydney a leading sustainable destination. You can design and build accommodation buildings for better operating performance.

Retail spaces

Sydney developers of retail spaces, including shopping centres, can design for lower costs and better asset value by incorporating energy and water benchmarks.

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 June 2020