Property Council Executive Director, Nathan Paine said, “A recently released report by the Australian Sustainability Environment Council (ASBEC) shows that 23 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to the built environment and its users.
“Furthermore, the report found that the sector as a whole could reduce its share of greenhouse gas emissions by between 30 to 35 per cent whilst accommodating growth in the overall number of buildings out to 2050.
“Currently, the property sector is delivering new green developments without any assistance from local government, despite councils receiving the social, urban and significant financial windfall benefits associated with the developments.
“The baton has now been passed from new buildings to existing buildings and the Property Council is calling on local government to introduce an incentives scheme that will encourage owners of existing building stock to undertake green refurbishments.
Specifically, the Property Council is calling on local government to immediately adopt the following five point plan:
- A completed development should receive a sliding scale council rate reduction, based on its ‘As Built’ Green Star Rating. A 5-Star building receiving 20 per cent reduction, with a 6-Star building receiving 40 per cent.
- A 5-Star Green Star design (or above) development application lodged with council must be processed by its planning department as a higher priority than non-Green Star development applications.
- A development application should receive a scaled development lodgement fee rebate.
This would be based on its Green Star ‘As Built’ rating; a 5-Star rated building receives a 50 per cent rebate and 6-Star receives a 100 per cent rebate once rated ‘As Built’.
- Buildings built to 5 and 6-Star Green Star specifications should be entitled to increased gross floor areas in their respective planning zones. For instance, a 5-Star design building would be allowed a 10 per cent increase in gross floor area and a 6-Star design building an additional 20 per cent.
- An incentives program should be established to assist building owners to bring existing building refurbishments up to a Green Star standard.
“This five point action plan will deliver benefits to the community through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, tenants through reduced outgoings and the property sector – everybody wins,” Mr. Paine said.
For more information please contact:
Nathan Paine, Executive Director, Property Council of Australia (SA), 0448 445 177