In adherence with the council’s objective to achieve net zero emissions by the year 2035, development applications for new office buildings, hotels, shopping centres, and for major redevelopments of standing buildings, will have to comply with new energy ratings from January 2023, and achieve net-zero energy output by 2026. 

Proposals for new buildings will be called upon to demonstrate they can achieve net zero through a mixture of enhanced energy efficiency, on site energy generation, and offsite renewable energy purchases.

Offsite energy generation claims a primary role in the new strategy and can be credited through the purchase and retirement of Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs), the buying of Green Power certificates or through power purchase agreements. 

To achieve the target of net-zero emissions by 2035, people need to guarantee this sector is contributing to emissions reduction through enhanced energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy production and off-site renewable energy procurement, said Sydney lord Mayor Clover Moore.  

In the City of Sydney LGA, commercial office places, hotels and apartment buildings contribute 68 per cent of emissions.

NABERS and Green Star rating tools will be applied to assess building performance and act as a third party verification. 

This strategy will cut a defined pathway and time for developers to enhance energy performance and transition to net zero buildings, Moore said.  

The proposed new building performance standards were devised in collaboration with developers, industry bodies, consultants and government agencies.

Lendlease executive development director Neil Arckless and Stockland chief executive commercial property, Louise Mason were among those to endorse the new rules. 

Arckless said that Lendlease welcomes the City of Sydney guiding the way in performance standard development. He is confident we can all rise to the challenge. 


Source: The Fifth Estate.Com.Au