My Green Apartment

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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.

 In 2013 we ran the My Green Apartment program with 10 residential apartment blocks. We will run this program again in 2015. The following case study highlights the outcomes for one building in North Sydney:

My Green Apartment 2013 Case Study

Regency Park, Miller St, North Sydney

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What did they do:

This single tower apartment block upgraded its common area garage and firestair lighting, as the previous lighting that had been installed in 1995 had deteriorated. They replaced fluorescent tubing with LED tubing, including installing LED tubing with dimmers in the firestairs. They replaced lights in the lift with LED fixtures as well as replacing hallway lighting with upgraded LED fixtures. The street lighting under their awning in Miller St was upgraded to LED with sensors to come on automatically at dusk.

 Why did they get involved in the My Green Apartments program:

The executive committee was keen to learn about the latest technology and how to save on electricty bills and were hoping to halve their running costs on common property energy bills. It was felt that lack of quality knowledge about what was available in lighting, the perception of the costs of sustainability outweighing the benefits, sustainability not being on the agenda and the executive committee’s resistance all contributed to previous reluctance to upgrade the lighting.


The Best Outcome:

The best outcome for this building was the comprehensive consultant’s spreadsheets that allowed them to understand the cost/benefit of the upgrade. This knowledge helped the committee overcome their resistance to spending the money to do the lighting. The cost savings and increased safety for tenants were also great outcomes for the executive committee whereas for the owners it meant less pressure from electricity price increases. 

Other Resources

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

Owners Corporation Network
This is a non-profit peak body representing apartment owners. Visit

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)




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