Summary

On 30 March 2010, the Senior Officials Group on Energy Efficiency (SOG-EE) released a discussion paper for submissions on the proposed National Building Energy Standard-Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework (Framework).

The Framework aims for consistency in the way buildings are assessed and rated for energy efficiency and to identify a pathway for increasing minimum performance standards over time. It is intended that the final Framework will be implemented via the Building Code of Australia.

Public consultation will be open until consultation forums on the Framework are held in each capital city. All submissions must be made by close of business on Friday 7 May 2010. In particular, persons, businesses and organisations working in the building design and construction industry should consider making a submission.  

National Building Energy Standards

The Framework

As a part of the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, State and Territory governments have committed to develop a National Building Energy Standard-Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework in order to achieve consistency in the way buildings are assessed and rated for energy efficiency, and to identify a pathway for increasing minimum performance standards over time.

The Framework is proposed to:

  • set increasing minimum performance standards over time for new buildings and major renovations, with standards to be reviewed and increased periodically  
  • cover all classes of residential and commercial buildings  
  • apply to new and existing buildings  
  • be implemented through the Building Code of Australia where they affect new buildings  
  • cover the building envelope including roof, walls, doors and windows as well as the energy efficiency of key building services  
  • aim to bring together assessment and rating tools for existing and new buildings  
  • include common measurement and reporting to help in setting building standards and assessing building performance  
  • allow for the use of rating tools developed by the market, provided they are accurate, transparent and user friendly  
  • encourage innovation in meeting defined performance standards  
  • continue to communicate energy efficiency improvements using star ratings, and  
  • facilitate effective monitoring and compliance.  

Government agreement on the content of the Framework is expected by the end of 2010.

Public consultation

The SOG-EE invites members of the public to provide comments on a discussion paper that was released on 30 March 2010. The paper is open to comment by all members of the community for a period of six weeks. The SOG-EE has particularly indicated that persons, businesses and organizations working in the building design and construction industry should consider making a submission.

Consultation forums

Public consultation forums are being held in each capital city. Times and booking details are available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website.1

Making a submission

The discussion paper

A copy of the consultation paper is also available at the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website.2

A copy of the submission cover sheet is also available for download.3

Form of submissions

Submissions may be made by email or by post to

Building Framework Discussion Paper

Building and Government Energy Efficiency Branch

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

GPO Box 854

Canberra ACT 2601