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SP0016: Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project

Project leader name: 
Suzanne Toumbourou
Project status: 
Project period: 
07/2017 to 05/2018

Project rationale, objectives and outcomes

Extensive research has been undertaken into the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of constructing more energy efficient buildings. However, further analysis is required to develop this into a strong evidence base to support the adoption of a forward trajectory into relevant policy. The absence of a convincing evidence base contributed to the failure to increase stringency in the 2016 update.

This project will develop this evidence base by drawing on existing and in-progress research within and outside the CRC LCL, including internationally.

Objectives: The project will meet two key objectives:

• Provide an evidence base to support governments to adopt long-term targets and forward trajectories in 2018 to guide future updates for minimum requirements of energy performance of the NCC (from 2022 onwards)

• Support a significant increase in stringency in 2019 by providing industry-led evidence demonstrating feasibility and cost-effectiveness.

Outcomes: The adoption of a forward trajectory for minimum requirements of energy performance in the NCC will support the following outcomes:

• Catalyse market transformation in the sector by providing a strong regulatory signal of the direction for future minimum standards, stimulating investment and innovation in low energy building design, construction, materials and technologies.

• Deliver higher performing buildings, resulting in: – emissions reductions – improved energy productivity, including more efficient use of energy infrastructure through reduced demand from new buildings – energy cost savings – improved health and comfort for building occupants.

Publications related to this project

CRCLCL Project Reports

The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the energy efficiency of new buildings and major renovations. Improved building energy efficiency presents a win-win-win solution, reducing stress on the electricity network and supporting a least-cost pathway to...

CRCLCL Project Reports
This study assessed a range of simple energy efficiency opportunities across three building types (detached, attached and apartment), and three climate zones covering Australia’s largest population centres. It sought to identify improved energy efficiency measures for which the capital cost is...
Fact sheet

Key points

  • The operation of buildings accounts for almost a quarter of Australia’s carbon emissions and over half of electricity demand
  • Improving the minimum standards for energy efficiency in new construction is a key opportunity to reduce these emissions and reduce energy
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