Smart Buildings Smart Workforce

Council's Smart Buildings Smart Workforce project involves a range of energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits at high-use social, cultural and recreational facilities and key Council operational buildings and facilities.  It is estimated that the project will reduce Council’s electricity consumption by about 1.45 million kilowatt-hours a year, with associating annual savings of 1500 tonnes of carbon pollution and $240,000 in electricity costs.

In 2012, Council was awarded a $1.75 million grant towards the project through the Commonwealth Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). The grant was awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis. 

The program of works is was completed in June 2016 and involved two core components:

  1. Delivery of major energy efficiency upgrades across seven Council-owned and operated facilities.
  2. Staff education and engagement programs targeting an additional 10% energy savings at the nominated project sites through behavioural changes that minimise energy wastage.

The project provided high demonstration value and based on its success, can be replicated by local councils, businesses, educational institutes and community organisations throughout Australia.


City Of Newcastle uses an electronic tendering service called TenderLink.  This online tendering system streamlines the tendering process and reduces paper usage.  Details of Council's current tenders are available at the TenderLink site.

Tenders over $150,000 need to be reported to Council.


This activity received funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program.

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.