15 Sep 2018

In general, a household is said to be in energy poverty when its members cannot afford to keep adequately warm. The combination of low incomes, energy prices and inefficient housing leads to energy poverty.

Fact sheet
01 Mar 2018

The Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) can be met using either a Performance Solution or a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Solution or a combination of both solutions. The following demonstrates the performance based design process that should be used in conjunction with the Development of Performance Solutions Guidance document.

01 Jun 2018

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the former Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) developed this Handbook to assist users with the application and understanding of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One energy efficiency provisions.

01 Mar 2018

This Handbook is targeted at designers, energy analysts, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and other specialist designers who are familiar with energy analysis software used to model the annual energy consumption of a building. The purpose of the document is to enhance practitioner awareness of NCC energy efficiency requirements and, through guidance, deliver nationally consistent interpretations of those requirements. The requirements represent minimum acceptable standards as determined via consultation with governments, industry and the community.

04 Jun 2018

Residential and commercial buildings accounted for over 2,000 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of carbon equivalent emissions and 40% of the total energy consumed in the United States in 2016. New construction and major renovations in buildings have a long-term impact on emissions as many of the features incorporated at time of construction will impact energy consumption for decades.

01 Nov 2016

The European Union is facing a double challenge: increasing building renovation rates while aiming at achieving “deep renovations”. Increasing the current EU renovation rate from 1.2% per annum to 2-3% is essential to meet both the EU 2020 targets and the commitment undertaken in Paris in December 2015. About 75% of the EU's 210 million buildings are not energy efficient, and 75% to 85% of them will still be in use in 2050. Ensuring a highly-efficient and fully decarbonised building stock by 2050 is a major challenge.

Case study
13 Aug 2017

This report outlines the findings of the independent panel review, which found that Victorian consumers are not gaining the benefits of a competitive retail market. The review has recommended a suite of reforms and initiatives, with eleven key recommendations to place the consumers back on a level playing field.

31 May 2017

The ACCC has released this issues paper, seeking feedback on electricity pricing, competition and customer issues.

Discussion paper
01 Jan 2015

In developed economies a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions result from energy demand in the building sector. Many countries have recognized the need to mandate building energy performance standards as a key element of a national energy or climate change policy. The Commonwealth of Australia included energy efficiency provisions in the National Building Code early last decade. This initiative has not been without controversy or resistance from some industry stakeholders. Typically such opposition is predicated on the assertion that more stringent energy efficiency requirements, particularly in the residential sector, would detrimentally impact on housing affordability. The State of Victoria significantly upgraded its residential energy efficiency requirements in 2004. This study of the new standard [the 5-Star Standard] investigates its effectiveness as an instrument of energy policy, testing the assumption that more stringent regulatory requirements are at odds with housing affordability, used here in its commonly understood form of initial capital cost. The analysis concludes that the 5-Star Standard has delivered significant greenhouse abatement; and encouraged industry innovation in a way that embodies regulatory best practice; while at the same time not compromising housing affordability for consumers or impacting negatively on the local housing market overall.

Conference paper