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  • Are you ready for 1 May energy efficiency changes for houses?

    March 04, 2020

    While the National Construction Code (NCC) was updated last year, the energy efficiency changes were delayed for 12 month to allow industry further time to adjust and prepare. The transition period ends 1 May so all building applications made after 1 May 2020 will need to be in line with the revised provisions.

  • Building Ministers Forum looking into NCC 2022 energy stringency

    July 25, 2019

    The ABCB will shortly release a scoping paper for public consultation on options for implementing these provisions in the NCC.

  • COAG Energy Ministers Support Existing Building Trajectory

    December 16, 2019

    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).

  • New CSIRO Portal providing Energy Efficiency Performance Information

    CSIRO has developed a fantastic new tool that provides and collate data on Australian homes, finding that they are becoming larger and more energy-efficient.

  • GreenSmart forum hosted in Melbourne

    December 16, 2019

    Following on from the 2019 HIA GreenSmart Awards, a GreenSmart forum was hosted in Melbourne, providing an excellent opportunity for presentations from GreenSmart award winners and valuable insights into government programs for sustainability. Similar events can be hosted in your region.

  • GreenSmart Professional course

    The HIA GreenSmart Professional course has recently undergone major revision. The revised course now has a greater focus on materials & life cycle assessment, embodied energy, major & alternative construction methods, passive design and water efficiency and water sensitive urban design and is enhanced with a number of activities and group discussion.

  • Trajectory for Improving the Performance of Existing Buildings

    July 25, 2019

    The trajectory for existing buildings will look at what policy levers could be used to improve the performance of existing buildings

  • Outcomes on NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency Proposals from ABCB

    December 16, 2019

    The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released the Energy Efficiency: NCC 2022 and beyond – Outcomes report. This report follows on from the release of a scoping study that put forward proposals for NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency stringency increases for houses and apartments. . The Outcomes report provides a summary of the 135 submissions received on the Scoping study and HIA is quoted in a number of parts of the report from our submission to the scoping paper.

  • Reducing water demand

    December 16, 2019

    Summer is now officially upon us and there is no better time to think about our most precious resource – Water, and some of the ways in which a household can reduce its demand.

  • Solar orientation

    July 25, 2019

    Sensible home design and layouts should be based on the orientation of the individual building lot and any other factors that influence orientation for a new home or renovation.