Policy Snapshot - November 2021

11 Nov 2021

Net zero target confirmed

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of a net zero emissions target by 2050 and urges Government to seize the unique opportunity the built environment offers to dramatically reduce carbon emissions in cost-effective ways that will stimulate the economy.

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NCC 2022 update

GBCA has provided input to the NCC 2022 public draft (stage 2) in the form of a technical submission made jointly with ASBEC and PCA. GBCA engaged closely with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and industry stakeholders in developing the submission

GBCA, together with ASBEC, EEC and PCA, engaged an independent consultant to conduct an analysis on the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) – Proposed NCC 2022 residential energy provisions, which has informed a submission made jointly with these organisations. 

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Local government and Green Star

GBCA has been working with the Australian Government on a project to provide information and training to local government officers about Green Star and sustainability. A factsheet introducing the Green Star Buildings rating tool is now available. The project also includes a targeted Green Star Foundations course and work on a guide for environmentally sustainable design in planning is underway. 

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Plaudits for Property NSW 5 Star Green Star portfolio

Property NSW has become Australia’s first government agency to attain the 5 Star Green Star Performance tick of approval for an impressive 22 properties. As well as ranking first in Australia for water efficiency and equal eighth for energy efficiency (according to the NABERS Sustainability Portfolio Index), Property NSW has attained Climate Active carbon neutral building certification for the portfolio of assets. 

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Closing the performance gap

A new report by GBCA shows that modelled energy performance of Green Star certified buildings is being achieved in operation, demonstrated by NABERS Energy ratings.

The report, Closing the performance gap in Australia’s commercial office sector, shows that 88% of offices analysed achieved their modelled NABERS Energy rating or were within 0.5 stars. 

The report also outlines that government policies and leadership have a positive impact on uptake of NABERS and Green Star certification, and that NABERS Commitment Agreements and a collaborative approach to monitoring and managing building and occupant behaviour are critical success factors in translating design intentions into real-world outcomes.

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