The Better Buildings Partnership is a leading collaboration of property owners, managers and key influencers that plays a key role in improving the performance and sustainability of existing buildings in the City of Sydney area and across Australia.

The partnership was launched by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore in 2011 along with 14 founding members; AMP Capital Investors, Brookfield Office Properties Australia, Charter Hall, City of Sydney, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, DEXUS Property Group, Frasers Property, The GPT Group, Investa Property Group, Lend Lease, Mirvac, Stockland, the University of Sydney, and the University of Technology.

These founding members have since been joined by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and TAFE Sydney Institute, by organisations engaged in building and property management JLL, CBRE, Knight Frank and Colliers International, and by key policy advocates and government departments the Green Building Council of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

With the partnership representing over 50 per cent of the office floor space across Sydney’s CBD, these commercial landlords have an important role to play in improving the energy, water and waste efficiency of Sydney’s existing buildings.

However, landlords face a number of challenges when working to improve the sustainability performance of their buildings. The partnership therefore aims to develop collaborative solutions and initiatives to overcome these barriers and achieve substantial improvements in the environmental performance of their buildings.

The partnership affects broad market transformation on intractable issues otherwise difficult to champion by individual companies acting in isolation. Our work to date has seen significant progress on issues as diverse as best practice leasing and operational waste to green infrastructure and the waste from tenancy fitout works.

The Better Buildings partnership is modeled on similar schemes operating successfully in London and in Toronto.

The Better Building partnership’s solutions and initiatives are implemented via four technical working groups, each of which focuses on a specific challenge facing the commercial and public sector property industry: environmental, waste, tenant and communities and benchmarking and engagement..