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Leading by example to ensure a net zero future

REIWA is hoping to set the benchmark in Australia’s real estate industry with its new environmental and sustainability policy, aiming to reduce and eliminate the impacts of activities on the environment where possible.

REIWA CEO Cath Hart said as a leading industry body, it recognised how important this policy was towards a net zero future.

“Real estate agents are at the forefront of property transactions,” she said.

“Western Australians are becoming increasingly energy conscious, so it’s important that real estate agents are well educated in environmental and sustainable housing options, so they can help their clients achieve their green goals.

“We wanted to lead by example and demonstrate to the community the importance of a green future, and that the WA real estate industry is on-board and ready to help make a difference.”

The policy aims to reduce REIWA’s overall impact on the environment using a range of methods.

The industry body hopes to reduce its carbon footprint, decrease waste, advocate for energy-efficient buildings and support members towards a net zero future through education and training.

It hopes to do this by working with its members, employers, subcontractors and the WA public to achieve continual environmental improvement in business operations, training and advocacy.

“To assist with the development of the policy, goals and action plan, REIWA has engaged Green Gurus,” Ms Hart said.

“REIWA and Green Guru’s decade-long partnership is the first of its kind in Australia, with thousands of WA real estate practitioners better informed and skilled to identify sustainability attributes and their benefits in new and existing homes.”

Through a plan with various objectives and targets, REIWA hopes to positively influence the property industry and consumers to support and generate a shift towards sustainability.

One huge focus is to educate people, with the aim to inform members through ongoing digital communications, webinars and events.

“We have become a national real estate institute leader in delivering sustainability training programs and continuing professional development courses that support REIWA members in their everyday practice,” Ms Hart said.

“Our training courses on energy efficiency form part of the REIWA Accreditation Program for members’ ongoing education and development.

“While we strive to ensure our members stay informed, it’s important that we provide them with the tools to also educate their clients on how they can be more energy efficient in their homes.

“We believe that comfortable, healthy and efficient homes are the future for housing in WA.”

According to Ms Hart, we all have a role to play in ensuring a green future and REIWA believes it is important they lead by example.

“We are committed to the long-term integration of sustainability and environmentally responsible practices throughout the organisation,” she said.

According to Ms Hart, the environmental and sustainability policy is already being considered by the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

“We believe that now we have set the benchmark, other real estate institutes will follow,” she said.

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