The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has 10 task groups, which includes the Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) co-chaired by Australia and the USA. BEET is a collaborative platform for countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency policies, with a core focus on building rating systems and building codes.
The Report for Achieving Low Energy Existing Homes sets out practical options that informed the Trajectory Addendum for achieving zero energy (and carbon) ready existing homes.
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.
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.
The ‘Achieving Low Energy Existing Commercial Buildings in Australia’ Report was commissioned to consider policy options for the COAG Energy Council’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.
The Addendum to the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings—Existing Buildings is the COAG Energy Council agreed workstream to take existing buildings to net zero ready.
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
Case study prepared by Team Catalyst showing how the design of a community centre in a retirement village in western Sydney might change if the building had been designed to comply with the 2019 version of the energy efficiency provisions in Section J of Volume 1 of the National Construction Code, rather than the 2016 version. The case study focuses on the building fabric provisions. The case study was completed in early 2018 using an early draft version of Section J 2019 and does not fully reflect the final version published in February 2019.