Design and renovation

Council works with its community to create a well-planned and sustainable urban environment. Council encourages residents to consider incorporating sustainable design principles into buildings and renovation.

Meet James, Jeni and Alan who renovated using practical sustainable design features, or come on a sustainable house tour.

Inner West Sustainable Building Award

The Sustainable Building Award was held for the first time in 2016. The Award recognises the contribution sustainable architecture and building works make to our community.

In 2018, submissions are open to building projects completed within the Inner West Council local government area in the last five years with positive sustainability outcomes.

Applications for the 2018 Inner West Sustainable Building Award open on Monday 27 November and close on Sunday 4 March, 2018.

To apply, complete the Inner West Sustainable Building Award 2018 Online Application.

What is sustainable design?

Sustainable design considers the relationship of the building to the local environment and community, and the broader environment and community, for now and in the future.

Guidelines and practical tips are available on Your Home, Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes.

Sustainable designers, builders and renovators consider:

334 Young Street, Annandale - Winner
334 Young St, Annandale—Winner 2017 Sustainable Building Award

Useful online resources

Your Home

This resource provides information regarding how to conduct environmentally-friendly renovations, as well as how to save money and create a safe and comfortable home.

Sustainability Victoria

The Victorian Government provides information about how to ‘green’ your home, including a dedicated section about renovating in an environmentally-friendly manner. This website is almost a database of energy and water savings options and green renovation tips. It’s a fantastic resource, though some information regarding rebates may not be available for NSW residents.

HIA Greensmart

HIA’s Greensmart website has some useful links and publications, including the monthly GreenSmart Magazine. Also available are guidance notes and information sheets on rebates and financial assistance for environmental protection efforts..


The EcoDirectory is an online resource which will help you find suppliers of environmentally-friendly materials and energy saving devices, as well as tradespeople who have an environmental focus.


Your Say Inner West website
The community engagement hub where you can get involved in important projects that shape the future of the Inner West.





Follow the links below to find contact details and services in your area: