At a COAG meeting on February 1, Energy Ministers agreed to a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia.
The Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings identifies opportunities for the building sector to implement cost effective increases to the energy efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) for residential and commercial buildings from 2022.
Energy Ministers also agreed to conside options for improving existing buildings later this year.
The announcement aligns closely with the Built to Perform report released in 2018 by the Australian Built Environment Council, which recommended a pathway for energy targets for future editions of the NCC.
As a member of ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group that provided input into the report, the AMCA welcomed the increased certainty that the announcement provides for the construction industry.
“We’ve seen similar pathway approaches work well in other policy areas—the phase out of ozone depleting substances being the best example for those operating in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry,” said AMCA Policy & Communications Manager, Ben Hawkins.
“This approach gives industry a clear signal about the future of the code and its energy efficiency provisions. The challenge now is for all stakeholders to plan and prepare.”
The AMCA will be working closely with our members, training package developers, training providers and other stakeholders to ensure those operating in the commercial air conditioning and mechanical services industry have access to the information and training they need.”
Visit the COAG Energy Council website for more information on the trajectory and associated research.