Public submissions close this week & next on draft changes to Australia’s national construction code relating to energy efficiency.
Submissions close this Friday on residential changes, and on Friday 20 April for draft changes to improve energy-efficiency standards in commercial buildings.
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council executive director Suzanne Toumbourou said on Monday: “Energy-efficient buildings cost less to light, heat & cool, so more energy-efficient commercial buildings will save Australian businesses money. These very welcome new standards will also reduce carbon emissions, helping Australia meet our obligations under the Paris climate change agreement.”
The draft code also includes new measures to improve compliance with energy-efficiency standards for new homes. However, minimum energy performance standards won’t be changed for residential buildings.
Ms Toumbourou argued that, as technology provides new ways to save energy and for buildings to generate their own energy, while energy bills rise, “this would be a great time to lock in better performance for future homes as well as commercial buildings.”
The Sustainable Built Environment Council & ClimateWorks Australia have released a joint report, The Bottom Line, which shows that stronger energy efficiency standards for residential buildings could save households up to $A150/year in energy costs. They said a 3-year delay in implementing stronger energy performance standards for new homes could lock in $A1.1 billion of avoidable energy costs by 2050.
National Construction Code 2019 public comment draft
Have your say on the changes proposed for NCC 2019
The Bottom Line – household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code
Attribution: Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council release.