NCC Energy Efficiency Requirements
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 use energy more efficiently and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The NCC energy efficiency requirements apply to all classifications of buildings covered in the NCC and a timeline showing the implementation of the requirements is outlined in the figure below.
As part of the Sustainability - Energy Efficiency Project, the ABCB is currently monitoring and/or participating in a number of external building energy efficiency initiatives being undertaken by the Commonwealth. These include -
- the National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE), including the National Strategy for Energy Efficiency (NSEE)
- the National Building Energy Efficiency project (NEEBP), and
- the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
The ABCB is also reviewing the NCC energy efficiency requirements to ensure they are appropriate in addressing the summer energy performance of residential buildings in cooling dominated climates.