The COAG Energy Council that consists of State and Territory Energy Ministers met on 22 November and agreed on a national plan that sets a program for improving the energy efficiency performance of existing residential and commercial buildings. This decision follows the decision in February 2019 on the new buildings trajectory which has now been passed onto Building Ministers to deliver through the National Construction Code (NCC).
Whilst in February Ministers supported proposed energy efficiency stringency increases for new buildings as part of NCC 2022, the existing buildings trajectory is an important step showing Ministers acknowledge the issues HIA has raised in respect to the problem and the opportunity that existing buildings present rather than the continual focus of energy efficiency policies targeting new buildings.
The existing building trajectory addresses three core themes:
These measures are long term initiatives and the detail to underpin them still needs to be worked through over the next 12-24 months.
Find out more about the report and the Ministers' decision.
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