The aim of the program is to improve sustainability while reducing the cost of living.
Typically, the focus will be on the numerous energy saving opportunities found in common areas. However, all residents will directly benefit where solar sharing and centralised hot water system upgrades are implemented.
Annual strata fee reduction is a major focus.
The savings potential from energy upgrades is typically a good investment.
Often owners don't realise how much energy and money is being wasted in the hidden areas and equipment of buildings, so a report by specialists will clearly quantify that, and make recommendations for the owner’s corporation to follow up on.
Electric cars are a great path to energy and cost savings over time, so maybe offer onsite EV charging stations potentially powered by rooftop solar.
Sustainability upgrades are now easier than ever: see the recent sustainability infrastructure legislation changes here.
When the options are clearly illustrated with a good report, the thinking soon becomes... why wouldn't we upgrade, given the financial benefits!
Futureproofing Apartments 2023
Have your building receive a fully-funded professional assessment.
Applications (for round 4) are OPEN until funding is exhausted. Be quick!
Renewable Energy for Hot Water Systems webinar
See how these examples worked out in the real world...
A 17-apartment housing complex in Ryde, NSW
A large residential strata complex in Maroubra, Sydney
An apartment block in Docklands, Melbourne
A residential building with 15 apartments in North Sydney
An apartment building with 47 units in Gosford, NSW
4 buildings with 1 level of basement carparking in Cammeray, Sydney
A luxury residential buildingwith104 apartments in City of Sydney
Building upgrade opportunities
This diagram shows the kinds of energy savings that can be looked for in any building...
Watch this relevant YouTube video from Wattblock (2021):
The Case for EV Charging in Strata
In 2019 we ran an Expo to connect apartment owners with experienced strata solution providers. View the presentations below.
Intro - Ian Garradd from North Sydney Council (879KB)
Wattblock - Program consultants (7MB)
LPE - Solar, Renewable heat HWS and retail (2MB)
Allume - Solar Sharing (377KB)
Zeromow - Electric renewable energy landscaping equipment (3MB)
JET Charge - EV charging and Vehicle to Grid electricity sharing (3MB)
Enlighten LED and smart controls (3MB)
Reclaim Energy - renewable heat for hot water (heat pumps) (2MB)
OHMIE - EV rental on site for apartments and more (2MB)
SUMS - Group Water data logging (627KB)
Energus - Lightweight premium solar panels (5MB)
The Program so far...
From the first round in Nov 2018 when 45 buildings revealed 145 upgrade opportunities - to today, these building energy and water assessments are worth up to $2000 and are free in the program.
This program offers the following at no cost
- Energy assessments performed by industry specialists.
- Detailed reports which will clearly illustrate the financial case for upgrades
- Attendance at strata meetings if requested to help communicate benefits of building upgrades.
- General support.
- Workshops and information sessions for apartment residents.
The program offers sustainability assessments and reports on 30 residential apartment buildings, made up of 10 assessments for each of the following apartment sizes:
- 10 units or less
- 20 units or less
- 21 units or more
- (mixed residential and commercial buildings will also be considered)
5 x NABERS assessments funded up to $1500.
10 x specific solar feasibility assessments.
7 x feasibility studies as required for special and complex opportunities such as renewable heat for space heating or centralised hot water system (HWS) fuel swapping, or complex solar opportunities.
Did you know?
- Most apartment buildings will benefit with efficiency upgrades in common areas.
- Around 75% of local residents live in apartments in North Sydney.
- Renewable heat and electricity can both replace imported grid gas and electricity.
- Renewable heat is perfect in shady areas, at night, or if cloudy, unlike solar electricity, and can provide space heating and domestic water heating.
Energy Cost savings
- Solar electricity - solar panels for rooftops and walls.
- Renewable heat from the sun - for space heating and water heating.
- Energy efficiency - why waste energy?
- All-electric buildings offer the only path to zero emissions electricity and cost savings.
- Often upgrades offer investment opportunities with an internal rate of return (IRR) between 15-50%1, which will likely be one of the best investment returns you'll ever make.
- Simple payback periods are commonly as short as 2 years.
- Savings from day one for solar, heat pumps and lighting - with no upfront costs. Such are the dramatically large savings through energy efficiency and renewable heat and power - that everyone is a winner- except the grid electricity retailers!
1 Based on recent upgrades.
Smart Energy Future
Want to find the best ways to get renewable energy? We have a webpage on our smart energy future. You can start by comparing your own specific building and occupancy type with these personal example info sheets.