Upgrades and retrofits to improve the environmental profile of the federal government’s building stock could raise public sector productivity by around $2 billion a year, the leading body of the sustainable construction movement in Australia says.

Green Building Council of Australia executive director Robin Mellon says green building could be the silver bullet the federal government is looking for when it comes to reducing costs and increasing public sector efficiency. “Our political leaders agree that we must find new ways to increase Australia’s productivity for our…