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With energy prices increasing, many apartment owners are looking to reduce their building's energy consumption.
Council's My Green Apartment program - independent expert advice, support and tools - aims to help apartment owners, strata and building managers, make the switch to more efficient and appropriate lighting in common areas.
Stage 1: Lighting Efficiency Forum
Held in May 2013, it covered what lighting is available, the benefits from retrofitting lighting in common areas, and how residents can get optimum return in electricity savings.The forum was attended by a mix of 60 residents and strata managers and attendance was a pre-requisite for the next two stages of the program.
Stage 2: Two masterclasses with lighting experts
Nine apartment buildings have been selected to continue through to the next stages. This will involve attending two lighting efficiency masterclasses in June and July.
In these masterclasses, the lighting experts will provide practical, easy to understand information that directly applies to their apartment building. Concepts covered include:
- How energy efficient lighting works.
- Where to view and buy lighting.
- How to do a lighting audit.
- Total cost of ownership for lighting.
- Lighting solutions for common areas.
- Going to market and evaluating quotes.
Stage 3: Upgrading common areas
After the masterclasses, our experts will provide support to the apartment buildings to select good quality lighting products that are appropriately installed. In short, our experts will ensure that:
- Energy efficiency and the quality of light in your building's common areas are improved.
- Electricity and maintenance costs are reduced,
Smart Blocks is a national program helping apartment owners and their managers to improve the energy efficiency of common property in apartment buildings.
Launched in June 2013 - workshops across NSW will be running over August, September and October 2013 in partnership with local Councils.
North Sydney Council has partnered up with the program and will be hosting a Smart Blocks workshop on Tuesday 24 September 2013.
At the workshop, you can learn about the benefits of energy efficiency and hear about the case studies of what others have done; use an online interactive toolkit that can help you fine tune the energy usage of common property in your building; and connect with other people from other apartment buildings and share experiences.
Find out more by visiting www.smartblocks.com.au
We also runs various workshops for apartment dwellers. Visit our Green Events page to find out when a relevant workshop is on.
Smart Blocks received funding from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program. Smart Blocks was developed in partnership between Strata Community Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, Owners Corporation Network of Australia and Green Strata.
Green Strata is a response to the problem of how to live more sustainably as a collection of households within a building or complex. It helps find ways to retro-fit energy, water and emission-reducing solutions to achieve a 'greener' building to live in. Read, learn and share the latest information, case studies, tips for sustainable living in apartments.
For everything you need to know about strata, visit www.strataman.com.au/insure.html#musts
Owners Corporation Network
This is a non-profit peak body representing apartment owners. Visit www.ocn.org.au
Sustainable Living in Apartments Forums
In 2009, we ran two Sustainable Living in Apartments forums. Below are summary presentations that may assist residents in making more sustainable choices at home. Want to give your apartment a green makeover? These presentations offer great tips on energy and water efficiency, working with strata law, and examples of sustainable apartment blocks across Sydney.
Sustainable Living in Apartments Forum 1 (2MB)
Sustainable Living in Apartments Forum 2 (1MB)
Energy Efficient Apartment Buildings (345KB)
Water Efficiency in Apartments (611KB)
Strata Law and Sharing Stories (848KB)