Accelerating sustainable buildings in Local Government

The aim of ASB was to identify ways to improve the uptake of sustainable building in the Local Government sector.  The initial step was to understand the barriers experienced by those delivering built assets in local government.  Interventions could then be applied to overcome those barriers.

Four Councils identified and implemented planned interventions then assessed the impact of those interventions on practices. Local Government practitioners involved included Facilities Managers, ESD Officers, Project Managers, Accountants, Engineers, Service Providers, CEOs and Councillors.

The project highlighted risk-averse cultures in local government as a significant barrier to innovation for sustainable buildings.  Also identified were success factors from case studies of Councils delivering sustainable built environments.  Case studies indicated that creating an innovation culture is valuable in delivering sustainable built assets, and relationships are the highest order determinant in information gathering and complex decision making for practitioners.


Start By 1 September 2010
Completed By 1 September 2010
Funding Government Tender
Funding: Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund under the Victorian Local Sustainable Accord competitive grant scheme. Four participating Local Governments: Manningham, Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

Researcher(s) Ralph Horne, Usha Iyer-Raniga, Paula Arcari, Andrew Carre, James Wong
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia