Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings

On 1 February 2019 Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAG Energy Council) Energy Ministers agreed to the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia.

The Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings identifies opportunities for the building sector in the context of the National Energy Productivity Plan, 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 2022
  • considering options for improving existing buildings in late 2019

Consultation for the trajectory work began in December 2017 with the inaugural stakeholder reference group (SRG) workshop. The SRG has continued to provide valuable input to the process and has grown to over 600 members representing energy consumers, the energy-efficiency sector, the building and property sector, the appliance and technology sector, the energy supply sector, gas suppliers, environmental organisations, energy consultants, universities, the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

The Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings agreed in February 2019 sets out the plan for new buildings.

During 2019, policy options for improving existing buildings are being developed for consideration of COAG Energy Council.

Trajectory for Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings

The Commonwealth is working with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council to progress the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings – Existing Commercial Buildings. Ernst & Young (EY) has developed policy options for consideration by COAG Energy Council which involved extensive stakeholder engagement in 2019. The Department of the Environment and Energy would like to thank industry stakeholders for their generous input to the Trajectory process. Further information on the Trajectory will be available pending a COAG Energy Council decision. Please see the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings: Coordinated Policy Options for Existing Commercial Buildings Draft Report

Background to the Draft Report

The Department of the Environment and Energy and the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAG Energy Council) are seeking to identify the most compelling policy options to help deliver emissions reductions and energy efficiency improvements in Australia’s existing commercial (non-residential) building stock. In February 2019, energy ministers agreed on the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, a national plan that aims to achieve zero energy and carbon-ready buildings in Australia, as a key initiative to address Australia’s 40% energy productivity improvement target by 2030 under the National Energy Productivity Plan.

The policy options considered in this report focus on existing commercial buildings and set out practical options that will inform the COAG Energy Council’s plan for achieving its zero energy and carbon aim. The draft report was prepared by Ernst & Young for the Department of the Environment and Energy with contributions from Strategy Policy Research and ClimateWorks Australia. The policy options were refined with valuable input from industry and government stakeholders.