Australia aims to be at, or near, net zero emissions by the year 2050, and the building industry has been called by the Building Minister’s Forum (BMF) to help meet those targets with a review slated for the National Construction Code (NCC). This review will seek to address cost effective increases to the energy efficiency provisions for residential and commercial buildings from 2022, whilst considering options for improving existing buildings from late 2019.
Moving forward, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), responsible for the NCC, advised they will release a paper for public consultation. There are also workshops being held in most capital cities to inform the COAG Energy Council’s Trajectory for low energy existing buildings which is a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia. For more information see: http://coagenergycouncil.gov.au/publications/trajectory-low-energy-buildings