Only two per cent of Australia’s buildings are considered ‘new’ each year, while the remaining 98 per cent represents one of the key challenges in achieving a sustainably built environment. The environmental agreement is an important tool for Australian cities to become world’s leading in sustainability.

Australia’s commercial and residential built environment produces 23 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas. The Low Carbon Growth Plan, launched by independent, research-based, non-profit organisation ClimateWorks Australia argues that Australia can reduce its greenhouse gas emission to 25 per cent by 2020 and that this reduction can be achieved…