NCC Energy Efficiency Provisions
While buildings are not the largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they are one of the fastest growing sources. Energy used in buildings accounts for approximately 20% of all energy related GHG emissions. Consequently, buildings have an extremely important role in reducing Australia's GHG emissions and in delivering economic, as well as social and environmental benefits to the community.
The inclusion of energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) is part of a comprehensive strategy being undertaken by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to reduce GHG emissions and use energy more efficiently. The NCC energy efficiency requirements apply to all classifications of buildings covered in the NCC and a timeline showing the implementation of the provisions is outlined in the figure below.
The ABCB has produced a number of Handbooks to assist NCC users in understanding the energy efficiency provisions. In addition, the ABCB has developed a series of Awareness Resource Kits to assist training providers. Modules 3 and 4 relate to the energy efficiency provisions in NCC Volumes One and Two.
National Strategy on Energy Efficiency (NSEE)
In 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the measures for the NSEE, which is designed to substantially improve the levels of energy efficiency across the Australian economy. A major section of the NSEE is devoted to improving the energy efficiency of Australia’s building stock.