Planning for a 21st Century Canberra

We're working to deliver sustainable, innovative and environmentally-sound planning and development across Canberra. 

Demonstration housing for more sustainable and affordable homes

We should set a high standard for the quality of our homes and our neighbourhoods.

We think everyone should be able to benefit from good urban design. Showcasing best practice demonstration housing will deliver sustainable housing that caters to the needs of the 21st Century.

That’s why we’re working to:

  • deliver showcase housing precincts that promote community-building, and deliver best practice environmental performance, such as carbon neutral buildings and life-cycle impact analysis;
  • ensure our buildings and precincts support sustainable transport patterns, in support of Canberra’s connected and diverse community;
  • create developments that cater for a growing population in need of more affordable and public housing, and a mix of housing for downsizers, families and young people;
  • deliver at least one innovative housing product that is new to the ACT, such as co-housing or long-lease rentals, as well as innovative new housing designs; and
  • deliver improved medium-density infill designs that meet community expectations.

A commitment to realise innovative demonstrating housing projects fulfils an election commitment from the Greens at the 2016 election and a motion that the Greens brought forward in the Legislative Assembly in 2017.

In May 2019, as a result of our work in the Assembly, the ACT Government announced that six proposals have been approved to participate in an initial Demonstrating Housing Project.

But this is just the beginning.

The Greens will keep working to realise more sustainable and affordable housing in our city.

We will continue to update this page.

The ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025 and Living Infrastructure Plan

Climate Wise Buildings

Under the ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025 and Living Infrastructure Plan:

A climate-wise Canberra for the future, not the past 

At a time of climate emergency, we need to make climate-wise and sustainable decisions for the Canberra of the future, not the past. 

That's why the Greens are committing the Government to:

  • Ensure there’s more information available for home buyers around zero emissions, climate-wise homes
  • Encourage the building of more energy efficient climate-wise buildings that are better insulated and require less gas for heat and cooling throughout the year
  • Ensure the ACT continues to deliver 100% renewable electricity – now, and always
  • By 2021, review planning regulations to see where we can further encourage a sustainable, climate-wise built environment, including developing a Climate-wise Code
  • By 2022, develop new tools for homeowners to assess the year-round thermal performance of their homes
  • By 2024, trial incentives to encourage the construction of all-electric homes and businesses.


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