Green Building Council of Australia has plans for the property industry

Aussies are pretty proud about being environmentally conscious people. This is reflected in the current nationwide approach to housing construction, which is increasingly adopting green building methods to develop commercial complexes and residential spaces.

All the latest research reinforces this fact. A whopping 230,000 households and businesses installed some form of solar energy source in 2014 alone, according to the Clean Energy Council. To date, there have been 1.4 million solar power systems used in the country, paving the way for this to become an even more popular source for electricity. 

Doesn't that sound good? Imagine a future where today's little Aussies are living in healthy homes with clean energy sources. Choice times all round. 

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is noticing all the positive steps being made in the property industry, and has high hopes for its future - especially if more green technologies are used on a regular basis. 

"Australia's property industry, which outstrips the mining and agriculture industries in terms of contribution to GDP, offers the greatest emissions-reduction opportunities - and at the least cost," emphasised Romilly Madew, chief executive officer at the GBCA. 

Ms Madew noted that low-carbon buildings are smart investments given the growing green movement around the world, making them "better long-term assets" for Australia. 

New home buildings these days are examples of quality designed, environmentally-friendly structures - everything from granny flats to two storey homes can be developed with energy efficiency in mind.

In fact, research by ClimateWorks Australia found that simply by using the technologies already invented by 2015, we can nearly half the energy intensity of buildings by 2050. Imagine what other innovations are around the corner that could further revolutionise demolishing and building homes

Best of all, turning to greener alternatives can set us on a closer path to achieving the Australian Government Climate Change Authority's emissions reduction targets for the next few decades. These aim to reduce our national emissions to 15 per cent below the levels they were back in 2000, by the year 2020.

That's not too far off now, but looking ahead to 2030 the goal ramps up to cut targets by 40-60 per cent lowers than the levels of 2000. Collectively, we can all play a part in chipping in to make these goals achievable. 

Going green at home 

"There is no single, simple solution for better, more sustainable cities, but there are a number of things we can do," said the GBCA's Chief Operating Officer Robin Mellon.

If you'd like to be part of the green movement sweeping the country, you can simply start by taking small steps at home. Replace your light bulbs to new low energy consumption models, and upgrade appliances to Energy Star rated ones. Installing timers on your lights or sensors will ensure you never waste power again!