Smart green apartments

We’ve helped more than 200 buildings save thousands of dollars each year on running and maintenance costs.

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Get free expert advice to reduce your building’s water and energy use.

We welcome an annual intake of owners corporations into our program and applications are open now. This could be a great opportunity for you to improve your building and connect with others making impressive upgrades in the apartment community.

Join the program

Get your application in before 5pm, Monday 5 September

What can be achieved

Windsor on Kent, a 32-storey apartment building in Waterloo with 192 apartments, reduced common area energy use by 34% in 6 months. They:
  • installed variable speed drives
  • reduced the running time of the carpark ventilation fans
  • changed the hours plant and equipment was used to capitalise on cheaper electricity rates
  • made seasonal adjustments to the pump speed of the cooling towers
  • use online data monitoring to keep an eye on energy consumption and identify problems quickly

All of the Smart Green Apartment tools helped me reduce energy use without impacting the comfort of the people who live here.” – Darson Fan, building manager, Windsor on Kent

Program snapshot

If your application is successful, your building will receive:

  • energy and water assessments - NABERS rating
  • an energy action plan with recommended improvements
  • a presentation on NABERS ratings and energy action plans
  • tailored advice on improving waste management and recycling
  • a WaterFix program by Sydney Water, if your building meets certain criteria
  • access to webinars, resources and opportunities to connect with people in other buildings through our leadership network.


  • your apartment building must be in the City of Sydney local area
  • your apartment building must have a minimum of 70 residential apartments 
  • your owners corporation (or equivalent) must show a high level of commitment and capacity for improving your building’s environmental performance, including your NABERS energy and water ratings and waste management
  • strata-titled and company-titled buildings can apply, including those that are part of a building management committee/community association/precinct association or other tiered management structure.

How to apply

Scan the whole form before you start so you know what information you need to gather.

You will need to upload supporting information such as:

– a minuted strata committee resolution, committing to undertake low cost and no cost improvements, and consider recommendations to change common property at a general meeting (a sample motion is available to help you with this process, see below)

– a copy of the registered strata plan drawing

– copies of most recent electricity, gas and water bills for all accounts paid by the owners corporation.

Buildings will be chosen based on:

  • capacity and commitment to improve environmental performance and resilience
  • potential for making big savings – we’ll consider issues like the size and complexity of your building, and the amount of energy and water consumed.

Apply now


Sample motion to apply for the Smart Green Apartments programDOCX · 27.48 KB · Last modified
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Entries close: 5pm, Monday 5 September

Applicants notified of outcome: Monday 19 September

Join the program

Get your application in before 5pm, Monday 5 September