Building energy efficiency standards

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Building energy efficiency standards are regarded as an effective means of reducing or eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of residential and commercial buildings.



National standards for building energy efficiency

The Australian Government has conducted studies into the greenhouse gas emissions of residential and commercial buildings. These studies show that the building industry must face the challenge of becoming more environmentally sensitive while remaining economically efficient.

In March 1999, following wide consultation, the Australian Government and the building industry reached a landmark agreement on a comprehensive strategy aimed at making Australian buildings more energy efficient.

The strategy encompasses:

  • Australian Government and building industry support to encourage voluntary best practices in building design, construction and operation
  • The elimination of worst energy performance practices by incorporating a single standard for minimum performance requirements into the Building Code of Australia[1]


  1. Energy standards for housing and commercial buildings

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