Australia to introduce energy efficiency measures into building law

All new residential and commercial buildings, as well as major renovations, will be subject to new energy efficiency measures being introduced into the Building Code of Australia.

This change in the building code is as a result of a joint initiative between the Australian Greenhouse Office and the Australian Building Codes Board, and will mean substantial financial savings for consumers through a reduced need for energy, according to the Australian government.

“Over the next few years we will see a whole new wave of energy-efficient housing hit the property market,” said Senator Nick Minchin, Minister for Industry, Science and Resources. “This is a really exciting time for all consumers, as they will have access to a range of housing that it is not only cheaper to run but also better for the environment.”

Residential and commercial buildings are expected to produce over 100 million tonnes of greenhouse gases this year, which, according to the Australian government, is predicted to rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2010 without these measures.

Consumers and building professionals will be consulted before the changes come into effect.

“During the next decade, over one million new homes will be built in Australia,” said Minchin. “As a result of these measures, and the support of the building and construction industry, we will be ensuring that they are energy-efficient.”

“Energy efficient buildings will give Australia a competitive edge, with fewer resources required to provide comfortable homes and productive workplaces,” said Minchin.

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