Over the past 5 years, there has been a significant change in technology with "smarter" devices now being installed into apartment blocks. More equipment is using sensors, connecting to the internet and providing real-time monitoring information back to strata committees to help them better manage their buildings. In this point of view, 10 of these "smart building" technologies which are are examined.
There are rules about the lighting for carpark exits in strata buildings. Many apartment blocks are NOT compliant from a safety perspective and paying far too often to fix roller doors and gates which are hit by exiting vehicles.
Over the past 11 years there have been a number of residential apartment blocks which have taken the sustainability retrofit challenge seriously....really seriously.
Wattblock assisted North Sydney Council with their Futureproofing Apartments program which engaged 40 residential strata schemes on renewable energy, energy efficiency and NABERS for Apartment Buildings ratings in a 4 month period.
21.6% of residential houses in Australia now have solar panels but residential strata schemes housing 2.2m Australians have not yet joined the solar revolution. This whitepaper is designed to assist non-technical strata committee members navigate the renewable energy journey.
City of Sydney: Electric Vehicle Charging in Apartment Buildings
City of Sydney grant funded study released 26th July 2018 includes national survey results from over 130 strata schemes and 20 case study assessments.
Sponsored by City of Sydney and presented by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, "Generation W" took home the Strata Community Environmental and Engagement Award.
The annual SCA (NSW) CHU Strata Community Awards Gala Dinner and Presentation was held on Friday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney with over 430 attendees dressed to impress in a sea of white, celebrating with their peers as the 2018 winners were revealed.
NABERS Extends Six Star Rating to Apartment Buildings
The six star "NABERS for Apartment Buildings" rating system was officially launched in June 2018. Assessments must be conducted by an accredited NABERS assessor and are expected to cost $1,160 each time + assessor fees. Some strata schemes are being offered a 50% discount by local councils to participate. However, not all strata schemes are advised to participate if they are not sure about the outcome.
The first comprehensive national report of the strata and community title sector reveals there are about 2.6 million strata title lots in Australia with an insured value of $995 billion.
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