25 February 2019

A milestone for Australia’s built environment

The Government’s efforts to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s built environment have passed a significant milestone, with COAG Energy Ministers’ agreement on 1 February 2019 to the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.

This national plan sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia, which are buildings that have an energy efficient thermal shell and appliances, have sufficiently low energy use and have the relevant set-up so they are ‘ready’ to achieve net zero energy (and carbon) usage, if they are combined with renewable or decarbonised energy systems on-site or off-site.

The Trajectory identifies opportunities for the building sector in the context of a broader trajectory for the sector, and in summary proposes:

  • Setting a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings
  • Implementing cost effective increases to the energy efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) for residential and commercial buildings from 2022
  • Considering options for improving existing buildings in late 2019.

The Trajectory, and its underlying reports, seek to inform the future activities of the Building Ministers' Forum and the Australian Building Codes Board when developing and implementing updates to the NCC, and to inform further Energy Council activities around building policy measures.

This report, along with the supplementary reports that informed this Trajectory – Report for Achieving Low Energy Buildings and Achieving Low Energy Commercial Buildings – can be accessed on the website of the COAG Energy Council.  

To receive updates about the next stages of this work and to join the stakeholder list, please email the secretariat.