Living green in the city

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From investing in solar power to recycling waste to finding sustainable ways to get around, there’s no shortage of practical ways to lighten our carbon footprint, especially at home.

Uniting Communities’ brand new U City building on Franklin Street is taking up the challenge, leading the way in sustainable design. Retirement residents living on the upper floors of this innovative development are set to enjoy the benefits of green living in the city.

1. Make the most of good energy

U City is designed to be as energy efficient as possible, with a 55kW solar panel system, high efficiency lighting, thermal insulation, and high performing glass to support heating and cooling. As well as natural ventilation, apartments include air conditioning units which optimise power consumption and don’t emit harmful gases into the atmosphere.

2. Live water-wise

U City is expected to use 30 per cent less water than a comparable development. All retirement apartments are fitted with water-efficient toilets, taps and showerheads to support water conservation, with communal spaces featuring drought-resistant gardens that can be enjoyed all year-round.

3. Go green to get around

Adelaide is the perfect city for getting around on foot or bicycle. The CBD is also well-serviced by public transport including trams, buses and trains. And it’s an accessible city, giving everyone equitable access to facilities, services and buildings.

U City offers easy access to retail precincts, a range of sport and recreational facilities, cafés, bars, restaurants and schools.

And when you need the car, U City provides on-site parking and facilities to recharge electric vehicles – as well as somewhere to securely store your bike.

4. Buy smart

There are plenty of opportunities to tap into the community around U City to buy local.

Just a stone’s throw from the Adelaide Central Market and Chinatown, U City is perfectly placed to access some of SA’s best local fresh produce traders. Buying from local suppliers reduces the environmental impact that comes with transporting goods, and you can also take the opportunity to buy in bulk to cut down on packaging.

5. Be part of a world-leading community

The City of Adelaide is aiming to make Adelaide one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities. As a resident of U City, you’ll be playing an active role in this global movement to reduce carbon emissions and create a more sustainable world.


For more information on living green at U City, visit or call 8202 5009.

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