Climate Change – Impact on Building Design and Energy – Final Report 2020


Research has shown that current industry standard weather files for building simulation may not be suited to the assessment of the potential impacts of a changing climate, in particular summer overheating risks.

To examine this issue, consultants DeltaQ were commissioned to explore future climate risk in building energy modelling, and to put forward recommendations for improvements to Australia’s National Construction Code.  

Achieving Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings in Australia Report


Energy Ministers agreed on the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings in 2019. This is a national plan that aims to achieve:

  • zero energy and carbon ready buildings in Australia
  • the National Energy Productivity Plan target of improving energy productivity by 40% by 2030

The report identifies 6 options to achieve this.

The report is by the former Department of the Environment and Energy and the COAG Energy Council.

Reports for the National Pilots of the Residential Efficiency Scorecard

In 2018-2019, COAG Energy Council funding was provided to pilot a national version of the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard (Scorecard) tool in capital cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Sydney). 

A customised version of the Scorecard was developed for tropical climate zones across northern Australia. It was adjusted to include key features that are important to tropical housing design, such as ventilation, shading, roof colour and ceiling fans.

A fair deal on energy


The Australian Government is:

  • delivering an affordable and reliable energy system
  • putting energy consumers first
  • taking real and practical action to reduce emissions and meet our international commitments


Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings - Infrastructure and Customer Impacts


Proposed changes flowing from Council of Australian Government’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings project1 (the trajectory) are expected to reduce annual electricity consumption of new and refurbished residential and commercial premises by 36 TWh by 2050, compared to current standards.

Energy efficiency improvements - CatholicCare Social Services


When CatholicCare Social Services in Parramatta looked at the results of an energy assessment, it was obvious there was potential to save money.  The top 5 opportunities for change would cost $12,000 to implement, but save $3000 a year. The organisation has already implemented lighting sensors and timers, and is planning to replace its HVAC Chiller units.