Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales

A community housing project that transformed a former Sydney depot into an urban renewal apartment complex, reflecting the character and cultural significance of the Redfern area.

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NatHERS thermal comfort rating

Average 8 stars rating

Sustainability features

  • Rooftop PV solar array and battery storage
  • Advanced rooftop ventilation system
  • Low maintenance and low embodied energy construction materials
  • High performance floor and wall insulation
  • LED lighting for both tenant spaces and common areas
  • Double glazing and low-e glass windows
  • Efficient apartment fans and air conditioning units
  • Trickle vents near doors and windows
  • Bike hub for tenants
  • Rooftop garden spaces with drought-tolerant planting beds
  • Rooftop rainwater collection tanks
     

Project details

Building type: 18-storey high-density housing (162 units) including a mixture of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units. Additional ground floor retail and commercial space, management office and a community hub.
NCC climate zone: 5 – warm temperate
Project Partners: St George Community Housing (Developer), DKO Architecture (Architect), Steve Watson Partners (Certifier), Northrop Consulting (Engineer), Lendlease Building (Builder), NHFIC (Financier), City of Sydney (Land sale), Department of Communities and Justice and Land and Housing Corporation.
Size of land: 1,578m²
Cost of construction: $63.8 million

Rooftop communal area

Rooftop garden space allows for a community garden and uses water from the rainwater collection tank.

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Inside apartment

Each unit has tightly sealed double-glazed windows with heavy blinds and trickle vents to help tenants manage their unit’s comfort levels.

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Rooftop solar

Most of the rooftop space is occupied by solar panels to help reduce the building’s carbon emissions and operations cost.

Photo: Eden Connell © Zoom In With Eden Photography

Author

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, 2023

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