Can strata-title apartment buildings go green?

While lots of homes and commercial premises around the Sunshine Coast and Australia are going solar and becoming more energy and water efficient, strata title apartment buildings can be forgotten. Yet apartment buildings are notorious energy guzzlers. On average, residents of high and medium density blocks use 25 per cent more energy than those in detached dwellings. Up to half of this energy use comes from common areas like hallways, car parks and swimming pools.  Owners and building managers can find some great planning tools and case studies on how to reduce their building’s energy and water use and running costs.  See these two Australian sites for more:

Smart Blocks: Tune up your building

Green Strata

Last week I took this photo of solar panels mounted on the balcony railing of an apartment building at Dicky Beach – they’ve been rather creative on the placement, and I wondered whether the panels are wired to the whole building or to one apartment.

Last week I took this photo of solar panels mounted on the balcony railing of an apartment building at Dicky Beach.  They’ve been rather creative on the placement, and I’m wondering whether the panels are providing power to the whole building, or to one apartment.

About EmpowerRepower

I’m a teacher, former teacher-librarian, ex-volunteer breastfeeding counsellor and mother-of-three living on the Sunshine Coast. I’m concerned about climate change, and feel that the necessary changes to prevent the worst outcomes will rely on action from all sectors of our economy. I’ll be trying to share, promote and encourage that action by finding positive examples in our local community.
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