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 take part in Sustainable House Day to see what others have done to make their homes more sustainable.

Sustainable House Day 2019        SHD2019

Sustainable House Day provides a great opportunity for people to visit some of Australia’s leading green homes – ones that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. In 2018 keen residents visited Jasper’s home in St Peters to learn about solar PV, storm water harvesting and explore the garden with native plants, bees and ducks. 

Sustainable House Day took place on Sunday 16th September 2018. Sustainable House Day is an event of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA). The ATA is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to enable, represent and inspire people to live sustainably in their homes and communities.

Inner West Sustainable Design 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. 

The 2019 Inner West Built Environment Awards, including the Sustainable Design Award, took place on Saturday 4 May 2019 at the Kirkbride Theatre and Foyer at the Sydney College of the Arts, Lilyfield.


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.

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