Australians are becoming increasingly concerned with issues of climate change. The building industry accounts for around a quarter of the carbon emissions in Australia, which translates to a major responsibility in seeking best practices for energy-efficiency through good design, innovation, and technology.
By making buildings more energy-efficient, we reduce demand on the electricity networks – both an economic and environmental benefit.
The National Construction Code informs the energy use of new buildings and major renovations and has the potential to contribute to significant energy savings in the future. Onsite renewable energy options also hold plenty of potential for increasing energy performance of buildings.
By setting stringent energy-efficiency targets for new buildings, cumulative emissions across Australia can be vastly diminished over time. The benefits more than outweigh upfront costs in terms of money saved on electricity over the lifetime of a building as well the societal benefit of reduced emissions.
Energy-efficiency requirements for new buildings include the entire envelope of the building, that is walls, roof, floors, and windows – a wholistic approach to smarter building for the future. On-site renewable energy technology is also part of the solution.
According to Climate Works Australia, even conservative improvements in energy-efficiency requirements could deliver some pretty impressive outcomes by 2030 –
19-25 per cent of the energy savings required to achieve net zero energy in new residential buildings
22-34 per cent of the required energy savings for commercial sector buildings
35-56 per cent for public sector buildings
Buildings are around for the long-term; a badly designed building can lock in higher energy use for decades. Conversely, innovation and investment in good design will create lasting economic and environmental benefits.
We look forward to embracing an innovation mindset, continually improving on best practice to produce well-designed buildings that encompass liveability, luxury, and energy-efficiency.