One of Australia's leading green industry bodies has welcomed a move by the City of Sydney to help 25 city apartments improve their energy efficiency.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has heralded lord mayor Clover Moore's new retrofit initiative.
Dubbed Smart Green Apartments, the program looks to improve base building performance and minimise the environmental impact of such constructions.
According to GBCA executive director of advocacy and business services Robin Mellon, the program will assist building owners in recognising how affordable and achievable green building retrofits are.
"The vast majority of Australia's buildings are poor performers in terms of energy and water efficiency, as well as indoor environment quality," Mr Mellon said yesterday (May 29).
"Boosting the sustainability of our existing building stock remains a huge challenge, and we are pleased to see the City of Sydney taking a leadership position on this issue."
Mr Mellon added that the GBCA looks forward to the City of Sydney widening its sustainability focus and achieving more green star ratings.
Earlier this month, the council congratulated the New South Wales government for announcing a $6.4 million retrofitting initiative of 150 buildings including courthouses, motor registries and disability care facilities.