Building Futures

Registrations are now open for Building Futures Round 3

Building Futures is a free Council program aiming to help selected larger strata buildings (40+ units) save money on their energy and water bills and to improve environmental performance.

This program is open to both residential and non-residential strata buildings in the local area. However places are strictly limited to 10 buildings in total for 2020-2021.

We work hand-in-hand with participating buildings to easily identify and implement cost-effective solutions to:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Reduce common area energy use
  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce water use
  • Improve waste management

Participating buildings receive for FREE:

  • Expert energy assessments of common areas
  • Costed upgrade recommendations
  • Solar power screening to identify buildings with good potential for rooftop solar power
  • Project management and implementation support
  • Access to Sydney Water’s WaterFIX program for high-water users
  • Access to Waverley Council’s Apartment Recycling Improvement Program
  • Recognition and promotion of participation in the program
  • Learning & knowledge-sharing opportunities

All participating buildings will work towards a shared energy goal: reduce common property energy by 20%.

Who can apply?

Buildings that are:

  • Strata titled (residential or non-residential)
  • Located in the Waverley Council area
  • Greater than 40 units (residential strata only)
  • Committed to implement energy saving measures to the value of the audit (up to $3,500 maximum) and participate in a Council led case study.

Note: If you are from a smaller apartment building (less than 40 units) you may be able to apply for our Solar my Strata program, which aims to implement rooftop solar solutions in strata buildings. Visit here for more detail.

Apply now!

To apply, complete our online application form

Before you start: You will be asked to enter a recent building's common area electricity bill and SP number, so it can be useful to get these before completing the form.

Download a PDF version of the application form if you'd like to preview the questions before completing online.

Applications close Monday 21st September at 5pm.

Timing of the program

We hope to get back to successful applicants to participate in the program by early October 2020. The program’s support, from initial energy assessments through to implementation of retrofit solutions, is offered until 30 June 2021.

Click here to see the timeline of the Building Futures Round 3 2020 Program.

Want to find out more?

Come along to our lunchtime webinar to learn more about the Building Futures program to check if it's right for you and ask questions before applying. We'll be sharing information on:

  • What’s involved
  • Meet the team
  • The benefits of participating
  • How a building energy audit works
  • Who’s eligible for the program
  • How to apply

Date: Wednesday 9th September, 2020

Time: 12.00 PM – 1.00PM

Register: Online here

For more information or to ask a question, contact Rachel O'Leary, Program Coordinator on 02 9083 8150 or email

Further resources

A total of 20 apartment buildings have already participated in previous rounds of Building Futures. Collectively, these buildings have achieved an average saving of 23% in addition to saving thousands of dollars per year on energy bills whilst also reducing their climate impact.

Check out these case studies from successful buildings who participated previously in the program:

For more information strata living visit:

On Solar Power for Apartment Buildings (June 2020 webinar) visit:

View the recording here

Subscribe to our Environment E-news

Get the latest news and tips on creating an environmentally friendly community, plus free workshops and events. Read our latest blogs here.

Subscribe now