1200 Buildings Green Initiative

The Victorian Government and City of Melbourne have launched a major sustainability initiative to refit 1200 existing commercial buildings. The commercial building sector is responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in the municipality, accounting for 48 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. If 1200 existing commercial buildings are retrofitted to improve energy performance by 38 per cent, the potential for greenhouse gas mitigation is 383,000 tonnes of CO2-e per annum. While regulations now require major new office buildings to meet minimum sustainability standards, new buildings represent only a small proportion of the commercial building stock. The 1200 Buildings website provides information on the retrofit process, funding opportunities, policies that support the initiative, case studies and current participants.

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