Smart Units


Keen to save money, energy and water in your complex?

Residents in apartment units use approximately 25% more energy per person than standalone homes or town houses, with much of this higher usage resulting from common areas.

In its pilot phase, the Smart Units program has helped 20 participating apartment blocks identify savings opportunities of more than $600,000. Many of these with only a 1-2 year pay back period.

Apply now

2019-20 Smart Units Information Pack with & registration form (pdf. 557KB)  

To find out more, contact Council’s Sustainability Officer, Anuj Dhir on email or phone 9424 0172.

Rebates available in 2019-20

The program offers a total grant of $4,000 to apartment blocks of more than 20 units in 2019 -20. You might be a unit owner, Strata Manager, Building Manager or on the Executive Committee. Applications open until funds are exhausted.


Actions funded by rebates

Rebate amount = 50% of cost

Project implementation commenced to improve environmental performance of common areas of apartment building.

up to $3000

Successfully reporting on performance indicators for a period of one year. Rebate goes towards cost of an Energy (level 2) and/or water audit.

up to $1000

Total rebate available


Application process

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Additional resources

How to make positive change around your apartment building

This infographic was designed to inform owners and their managers about the sustainable opportunities that may be available to them in their apartment buildings and how to go about making these changes.

Green Strata

This site is for owners and their owner’s corporations to learn, find and share information about making apartment buildings more sustainable.

Guide to renovating or buying a sustainable apartment

Australian Government

Alternative Technology Association

Renters guides to sustainability (Homes and apartments)


Strata laws info and Owners Corporation FAQ’s

Good Practice Guide for Facilities Managers

This guide was developed by the Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA) to help facilities managers in their role to maintain and sustain their buildings.

Case study

Many apartment blocks in Ku-ring-gai and across Sydney have already saved money through implementing sustainability initiatives. Find out how they did it.
Gordon over-55’s Complex Building:

Car park fluorescent lights that were running 24 hours a day were replaced by LED units with built-in sensors. Payback period 1.5 years.