Consumers speak up on new building standards

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has been directed by the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) to investigate possible changes to the energy efficiency provisions, with an emphasis on residential buildings.

To commence the process, the ABCB has produced a scoping study for public consultation.

Sustainable homes advocator, Renew and their community partners, have responded to options for efficiency improvements for new homes.

Key Takeaways:

  • More than half the buildings standing in 2050 will have been built after 2019, meaning today’s residential energy efficiency standards will continue to influence the energy costs, health and well-being of millions of Australians for decades to come.
  • The three years’ delay in implementing an efficiency increase in the 2019, the National Construction Code has already cost us an estimated $2.6 billion in wasted energy bills and $930 million of additional electricity network investments by 2030.
  • Consumers, particularly low income and vulnerable households, are already struggling with high energy costs, stagnant wage growth and increasing health risks from climate change. We cannot afford any further delay.

Read more about what Renew wants policy makers to hear: https://renew.org.au/submission/community-response-to-ncc-scoping-study/

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