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The National Strategy on Energy Efficiency

Fri 4 Dec, 2009 Advocacy

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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on 2 July agreed to a 10-year strategy for improving energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings. The Communiqué promotes:

  • higher standards to increase the number of highly energy efficient homes and buildings;
  • assistance for the residential and commercial building sector to adapt; and
  • governments improving the energy efficiency of their own buildings.

The Strategy itself addresses four themes:

  • assisting households and businesses to transition to a low-carbon future;
  • reducing impediments to the uptake of energy efficiency;
  • making buildings more energy efficient; and
  • government partnership and leadership.

For GBCA, the most relevant part of the Strategy is that:
All jurisdictions will work together to develop a consistent outcomes-based national building energy standard setting, assessment and rating framework for driving significant improvement in the energy efficiency of Australia's building stock. To be implemented in 2011.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) will develop the framework. The BCA is to provide for the use of rating tools developed by the market. These tools should:

  • provide an accurate assessment of a building's performance;
  • be transparent; and
  • be user-friendly.

The framework will:

  • work towards converging existing, measurement-based rating tools (such as NABERS Energy) for existing buildings with predictive, or modelling-based, tools, used for rating new buildings;
  • be capable of covering, in time, broader sustainability elements, such as water management and greenhouse gas emissions, and maintaining energy efficiency through the commission, operation and maintenance of buildings;
  • apply to new and existing building stock;
  • cover commercial and residential buildings; and
  • set increasingly stringent minimum performance standards for new buildings and major renovations.

Your feedback
The National Strategy for Energy Efficiency can be found here.

We would welcome your feedback on any aspect of the National Strategy.

Please contact:

Dave Peebles
Director - National Policy and Public Affairs
Green Building Council of Australia
Email dave.peebles@gbca.org.au
Phone 0447 456 677
Address Suite 6A Mezzanine Level, Melbourne Building,
Atrium Centre 55, Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2602

Last updated Wed 5 Oct 2011