28 Jan 2010 report
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) provides nationally consistent, minimum necessary standards for the design and construction of buildings in Australia. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and State and Territory Governments produces and maintains the BCA.
At their meeting of 30 April 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reaffirmed its commitment to introducing a comprehensive National Strategy for Energy Efficiency to help households and businesses reduce their energy costs, improve the productivity of the Australian economy and reduce the cost of greenhouse gas abatement under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). As part of this commitment, COAG agreed to increase the energy efficiency requirements of new residential and commercial buildings under the BCA.
The ABCB commissioned the Centre for International Economics (TheCIE) to develop consultation and final RIS’s that assess the costs and benefits of proposed changes to the energy efficiency provisions in the BCA with regards to commercial and residential buildings. The key findings are that (in all probability) the proposed changes would result in net benefits if applied to commercial buildings, but net costs if applied to residential buildings. For further information, contact Stephanie Szakiel or Brent Borrell.