One of the biggest challenges facing our industry is decarbonisation. What is the best way to eliminate emissions from buildings and how do we do it at speed and scale to meet investor, tenant, and government expectations?
Every decarbonisation strategy will look different but for our industry to reach zero carbon they should all have one thing in common – electrification.
Electrification is the better way for us to create future-ready buildings that are highly efficient, fossil fuel free and powered by renewable energy. Not only are efficient, electric buildings better for the planet, but they’re better for people and the bottom line too.
In line with our target to reach Absolute Zero by 2040 for Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions without the use of offsets, electrification across our global investments, development and construction activities is essential.
Cate Harris, Global Head of Sustainability and Foundation, Lendlease
While other sectors will take time to decarbonise, the technology for electrifying buildings already exists and is proven. From hospitals to aquatic centres, to new and existing buildings, electrification is being demonstrated in buildings of all shapes and sizes.
Electrification is the cleaner, better way towards decarbonisation and it will allow us to eliminate fossil fuels like gas, which are harmful for people and the planet. Right now, gas is responsible for almost 30% of building energy consumption in Australia; eliminating it from our buildings will make a big difference, quickly. Our grid is also getting cleaner and faster, so once you've electrified, you'll be able to turn off fossil fuels, tap into renewable energy and play your role in the clean energy transition.
Fully electric buildings are better for you, your family, your workmates and customers. When we burn gas in kitchens – at home or in restaurants - we release harmful pollutants. Cooking with gas has asthma risks comparable to secondhand cigarette smoke and children living in homes with gas cooking have a 42% increased risk of having current asthma. It’s clear that electrification is the healthier, better option for our homes and workplaces.
Many tenants already know electric buildings are better, with 80% including or planning to include electrification clauses in leases. Electric buildings are future-ready, without outdated technology that fossil fuels rely on. If you want your asset to attract investors and have access to sustainable finance, choose an electrified building on a clear decarbonisation pathway.
It’s clear, the future is electric. Whether you’re looking to electrify a new building or existing building, there’s a practical resource that will get you started on your electrification journey.
This guide outlines the steps involved in retrofitting existing buildings to be all-electric and the types of technologies that can be used today to replace natural gas systems with electric solutions.
This guide outlines the steps involved in delivering an all-electric new building and the types of technologies that can be used today to replace natural gas systems with electric solution.
This paper aims to start a conversation on the role of GBCA and its members in understanding the impact of the built environment on a rapidly transforming electricity grid, and vice-versa.
The new Future Focus tools including Green Star Buildings, and Green Star Performance v2 drive electrification at scale through the Climate Positive Pathway.Learn more about the Climate Positive Roadmap >
Our Every Building Counts report details recommendations for every level of government to ensure electrification is a policy priority.Read the report >
Join an upcoming masterclass on electrification to upskill and learn best practices from industry leaders.See our upcoming courses >