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 the 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 - Consultation

Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings: Coordinated Policy Options for Existing Commercial Buildings Draft Report, prepared by Ernst & Young, is now available for public consultation.

The Department of the Environment and Energy would like to invite industry stakeholders to hear from Ernst & Young and Strategy Policy Research (SPR) about their final policy options developed as part of the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings – Existing Commercial Buildings work.

The consultants have spoken to industry and government over the last few months. 

Public feedback and written submissions on the Draft Report are invited and are due on Monday 14 October 2019.

Please email responses to NEPPSecretariat [at] environment.gov.au

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 (SPR) and ClimateWorks Australia. The policy options were refined with valuable input from industry and government stakeholders.