Built Environment

Australia’s built environment sector offers enormous potential to reduce emissions while reaping financial and energy savings, through improving building energy efficiency and investing in renewable energy generation.

Currently, our built environment accounts for almost one quarter of our national emissions. In some areas of the built environment, Australia lacks best practice policies including minimum energy efficiency standards. This, along with a lack of awareness of potential benefits, has created barriers to reducing our building emissions.

To address these challenges, ClimateWorks Australia worked in collaboration with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and key industry bodies on a Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project. The project delivered a series of reports to quantify the opportunities of establishing a clear, consistent and ambitious long-term plan for the energy requirements in the National Construction Code.

The final report in this project, Built to Perform - An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code, shows setting stronger energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $7 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings. A second report, Built to Perform in Northern Australia, is an addendum to Built to Perform, focusing on the unique climates, challenges and opportunities in northern Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern Western Australia.

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Built to Perform [PDF 3.92 MB]

Energy standards in Australia’s National Construction Code must be urgently upgraded if new buildings are to be fit and ready for a zero carbon future, according to a new report ​Built to Perform An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code,​ prepared by ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. The report shows that setting stronger energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $7 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.

Click here to read the Built to Perform report.

The detailed methodology, numbers and results presented in the Built to Perform report are underpinned by analysis set out in the Technical Report, available here.

Built to Perform in Northern Australia: An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code [PDF 1.43 MB]

Built to Perform in Northern Australia is an addendum to Built to Perform - An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code, Trajectory Project published in July 2018. This Northern Australia report sets out potential energy performance targets in the National Construction Code specific to Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern Western Australia’s unique climates. The technical report can be downloaded from the ASBEC website here.