Apartments are often thought of as more sustainable than single houses, but this is not the case! Energy consumption per person is greater in high-rise apartments. This is because in addition to in-apartment energy use, apartment buildings also have energy hungry centralised equipment like lighting, air-conditioning, lifts, ventilation and other shared facilities. Water use inside apartments is often extremely high and residents recycle half as much as those in houses.
If you are an apartment owner in the City of Sydney area, you can save your building money and reduce its environmental impact by participating in the Smart Green Apartments program. The program provides free tailored energy, water and waste assessments and technical support to implement upgrades.