As Australia's population continues to grow unabated and its leading cities post attendant gains in density, the creation of energy efficient buildings will become critical to ensuring the sustainability of our urban environments.

According to Peter Brook, design director of Peddle Thorp, a key to improving the sustainability and efficiency of built assets will lie in the incorporation of renewable energy features into their architectural design, as opposed to simply tacking the technology on subsequently as an arbitrary add-on. “At the moment, we’re generating cities that revolve around the idea of buildings with complicated…