Building Futures

Registrations are now open for Building Futures Round 4 - Strata Program

Building Futures is a free Council program aimed to help larger strata buildings (35+ units) save money on their energy and water bills and to improve environmental performance. All participating buildings will work towards a shared energy goal – to reduce common property energy use by 15%.

We work hand-in-hand with participating buildings to:

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

Participating buildings receive for FREE:

  • Energy assessments of common areas
  • Costed upgrade recommendations
  • Solar power screening to identify buildings with good potential for solar PV
  • Project management and implementation support
  • Up to $1,000 matched funding towards one or more recommended efficiency upgrades
  • 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

Who can apply?

Buildings that are:

  • Strata titled (residential and non-residential)
  • Located in the Waverley LGA
  • Have more than 35 units (residential strata only)

What's involved?

We will need from you:

  • Approval to participate
  • Approval to access your electricity interval data and water data
  • A key contact person to liaise with the energy auditor over site access, building questions and implementation solutions
  • Online meeting with the Strata Committee to present the energy audit recommendations
  • Your commitment to contribute a minimum of $1000 towards an energy saving measure
  • Your openness to participate in a case study.

How are we managing COVID?

All works will be carried out in adherence to NSW Public Health Orders.

Our energy consultant can:

  • Conduct some elements of the work remotely (e.g. reviewing energy data and tariffs)
  • Work with you to organise contactless site visits to conduct the energy audit with the required PPE
  • Present the results from your energy report to your Executive Committee online

Provide implementation support over the phone/email. Any resulting quotes and implementation of energy saving actions will be managed in a COVID-safe manner, in accordance with all applicable Public Health Orders.

Apply now!

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 if you'd like to preview the questions before completing online.

Applications close Friday 24 September at 5pm.

For more information

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

Further resources

A total of 30 apartment buildings have already participated in previous rounds of Building Futures. Collectively these buildings have achieved an average energy saving of 23%, saved thousands of dollars per year on their energy and water bills and reduced their climate impact.

Check out the below case studies from successful buildings:

For more information on strata living:

Water savings in apartment buildings:

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

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