A Step in the Right Direction for Energy Efficient Housing

The State and Territory Building Ministers met recently at the Building Ministers forum and agreed to the development of enhanced energy efficient provisions for new residential buildings in the National Construction Code. This is an important step in the right direction for an industry that is still building way below the minimum energy standards set for most developed countries, accounting for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.

Building new homes that are less reliant on energy to maintain a safe and comfortable temperature will ultimately lower energy bills for consumers, improve resilience to extreme weather conditions and deliver low-cost emission reductions.

Hopefully we will hear more soon from the Australian Building Codes Board on their recommendations.