Going green’ seems to be a widely popular topic these days. The many recent natural disasters as a result of global warming have been somewhat of a scare, and people are rolling up their sleeves to take responsibility for their micro-communities.
So what does this mean for strata? Quite simply, doing your part and actually saving money in the long run! The information, the materials, the government grants/rebates, and the technology are all out there and being further developed as we speak. From the graph below, we can see that the larger your building/complex, the greater your energy consumption for common areas is likely to be.
Source: Energy Australia, NSW Department of Planning –
Multi Unit Residential Buildings Energy & Peak Demand Study, 2005
Hence, the idea behind green strata is that the initial short term outlay is paid off in the long-run; especially with utility costs set to rise continuously. This will cause those dreadful annual costs to reduce, and leave more funds to be allocated towards further sustainability initiatives and levies for your sinking fund.
A starting point is gaining access to handy information sources such as www.greenmoves.com.au, who provide a range of services such as a directory of local sustainability assessors, sustainable builders, architects, designers and more. This is a key step towards knowing how to reduce your energy demand and become more energy efficient.
Rebates and incentive information can be found at government websites such as http://www.climatesmart.qld.gov.au/get_informed/rebates_and_grants.html
As always, the SSKB Team is happy to help you achieve your desired outcomes in your strata community. We understand that the transition to greener living can be complicated; however we also understand what’s at stake for the environment, as well as how this affects society, the economy, and politics. Although SSKB do not provide sustainability consultancy, we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Contact our team on 5504 2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on all things strata.