Net zero energy development

Creating a planning pathway to net zero buildings

Energy use in buildings continues to be the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Greater Sydney. ​To support the transition to net zero energy, we're organising forums on creating a planning pathway to net zero buildings.

Greater Sydney’s urban structure and built form changes over time and can support this transition to net zero emissions. This could be done when buildings are renovated to become more efficient and as new buildings and precincts are developed with higher sustainability standards.

The forums provide an opportunity for developers, construction companies, planning and environmental sustainability consultants, and local and state government planners to identify issues and opportunities in land use planning to transition to net zero energy developments.

The forums will help identify, in collaboration with local, state and industry stakeholders, how to best support the NSW Government’s targets for net zero emissions by 2050, the Greater Sydney region plan and Resilient Sydney – a strategy for city resilience 2018.

The forums enable industry, state and local government to collaborate on a planning pathway to net zero energy multi-unit residential, office, hotel and mixed-use development.  

Forum partners include:

  • Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
  • City of Parramatta
  • City of Sydney
  • Committee for Sydney
  • Consult Australia
  • Greater Sydney Commission
  • Green Building Council of Australia
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Property Council of Australia.

The 3 forums target the following groups:

  • Forum 1 (31 May 2018) – non-residential (office, hotels and mixed use) and multi-unit residential developers, construction companies and government tender specifiers for developments, and representatives from property industry associations.
  • Forum 2 (1 November 2018) – environmental sustainability consultants, planning consultants, local and state government planners from across Greater Sydney, and other NSW government agencies.
  • Forum 3 (date to be confirmed) – all stakeholders listed above will come together to finalise the planning pathway to net zero energy development.
You can download the forum briefs and outcomes reports.

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 July 2019