The COAG Energy Council has announced that Energy Ministers have agreed to the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, a national plan that will see Australian buildings aim to be zero energy (and carbon) ready.

The Trajectory identifies opportunities for the building sector in the context of a broader trajectory for the sector, and in summary proposes:

  • Setting a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings
  • Implementing cost- effective increases to the energy efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) for residential and commercial buildings from 2020
  • Considering options for improving existing buildings in late 2019

The Trajectory, and its underlying reports, seek to inform the future activities of the Building Ministers’ Forum and the Australian Building Codes Board when developing and implementing updates to the NCC, and to inform further Energy Council activities around building policy measures.

The report outlines a year by year trajectory for both residential and commercial buildings, demonstrating an increase in cost-effective energy efficiency and the importance of reevaluation throughout the process.

By 2028, both residential and commercial zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings should have an energy efficient thermal shell and appliances, have sufficiently low energy use and be ready to achieve net zero energy (and carbon) usage if combined with renewable or decarbonised energy systems on- or off-site.

To view the full report, click here.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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