14 Dec 2023
When we launched the first version of Every Building Counts with the Property Council in October 2019 it was a landmark plan for decarbonising our nation’s built environment, outlining 75 recommendations for all three tiers of government. It was released at a time when Australia had signed the Paris Agreement but didn’t have a clear emissions reduction target or a pathway to net zero by 2050. We now do, and that’s crucial because buildings account for over 50% of electricity use in Australia and almost a quarter of its emissions. We checked in with Andrew Fischer, our Head of Policy and Research for an end of year update on Every Building Counts.
Government policies and programs can provide certainty to industry and lead the transition to zero-carbon-ready homes and buildings. At GBCA we work closely with all three tiers of government to support the design and implementation of policies and programs that do just this and in 2023 we saw more come to fruition than ever before.
From electrifying a coastal town of Western Australia, to a comprehensive plan to retrofit Melbourne's existing commercial buildings, and Green Star requirements for federal government-owned buildings, 2023 will go down in history as the year governments heeded our calls to make every building count. We look forward to seeing this momentum continue and expand in 2024.
Every Building Counts 2023 was launched on 27 April by Senator the Hon Jenny McAllister, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy. Released by GBCA and Property Council of Australia at an event in Sydney, Every Building Count’s federal policy platform provides 39 policy recommendations over eight themes which provide a roadmap for the federal government towards a greener, healthier, more equitable built environment.
In October, we joined Property Council of Australia in Melbourne to launch Every Building Counts - For local governments. Local governments around Australia have been demonstrating leadership on climate change action for many years and this report supports them with 19 recommendations to accelerate the transition sustainable infrastructure, towns and communities.
This week we launched Every Building Counts - for state and territory governments at an event in Canberra. Outlining a series of policy recommendations centred on how our states and territories can support property to contribute to Australia’s decarbonisation goals, the report has been released followings a series of decarbonisation commitments and initiatives across Australia throughout 2023.
Buildings, homes and communities hold huge potential to help our nation respond to a changing climate. Green Building Council of Australia commends all levels of government for recognising and acting on this potential in 2023 and we look forward to continuing this work in 2024.