Improved energy performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.
The National Construction Code is a ready- made policy instrument to influence the operational energy use of new buildings and major renovations. Over time, improvements to the Code can have a significant impact since more than half the buildings expected to be standing in 2050 will be built after the next update of the Code in 2019. Increased minimum energy requirements in the Code are essential to address market failures in the delivery of higher performance buildings that have seen a widening gap between industryleaders and minimum requirements.
In July 2018, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia released Built to Perform - An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code, the report for the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project. This report builds on Built to Perform by summarising results most relevant to regions in Northern Australia - broadly defined as Queensland, Northern Territory and regions of Western Australia north of the Gascoyne. New buildings in the Northern Australia region present unique opportunities and challenges, due to factors including a warmer and more humid climate, different construction materials and climate- responsive design practices. These factors have been considered in assessing key opportunities for this region.