Council launches new green buildings infrastructure incentive

23 Sep 2020

When it comes to tackling the climate challenge in Australia, some of our most active advocates can be found at the grassroots level and the recently announced Brisbane Green Buildings Incentive Policy is part of this movement. Brisbane City’s plan for a sustainable economic recovery recognises, encourages and promotes a greener city through its buildings. To learn more about how the city is striving toward a net zero future, this Green Building Week we spoke to the Council about the rebate and its criteria.

Brisbane City Council has launched a new green buildings incentive policy to support and encourage development of greener and more energy efficient buildings across Brisbane.

In support of Council’s vision of a world class, design-led city, the Brisbane Green Buildings Incentive Policy will offer eligible applicants a 50% rebate on infrastructure charges paid for Council networks.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the incentive would recognise and promote the benefits of well-designed, green and energy efficient buildings to enhance positive impacts to the environment, the city’s recovering economy and the health and wellbeing of our local community.

“During these challenging and unpredictable times, Brisbane has proudly continued to promote itself as a sustainable, liveable, inclusive and prosperous city,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The new scheme demonstrates our commitment to Brisbane’s Future Blueprint long‑term goal to ensure best practice design that complements the character of Brisbane while supporting the recovery of the building and construction industry.”

“The Brisbane Green Buildings Incentive Policy is available for both residential and commercial office developments and will be applicable where green and energy-efficient design elements have been installed in new developments.”

Eligible developments will need to demonstrate compliance against a range of design and sustainability criteria including:

  • obtain a 5-star green star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia
  • receive UDIA Envirodevelopment six leaf certificate
  • comply with criteria and sub-elements from the New World City Design Guide – Buildings that Breathe
  • obtain carbon neutral certification
  • achieve a minimum green plot ratio

Under the scheme, development approval must have been obtained between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2022. The request for the incentive will need to be lodged between 1 July 2022 and 31 December 2023.

To check your eligibility for the Brisbane Green Buildings Incentive phone Council on 3403 8888 or visit