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Issue 124 | 7 October 2022


Better Buildings

Reports and Leadership

Policy, Programs and Funding

Better Communities 

Reports and Leadership

Policy, Programs and Funding

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Building Physics Forum 2022
12 October 2022 | Sydney & Online

Sustainability Awards 2022
10 November 2022 | Sydney


The Rebuilt Environment: A National Festival of Design
27 October 2022 | Melbourne

National Energy Efficiency Conference 2023
24-25 May 2023 | Sydney

Check our website for all upcoming industry events

ASBEC Council/AGM: 1 December 2022, Canberra

Our next ASBEC meeting will be our Council/AGM, to be held Thursday 1 December at Parliament House in Canberra. A social event will be held the evening prior (i.e. Wednesday 30 November) for those that are able to join us.

We are delighted to welcome along to our session the Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Senator The Hon Jenny McAllister.

If you have any agenda suggestions, please reach out. Further details shall be provided over the coming weeks


Australian Government kicks off work to develop a National Energy Performance Strategy

The Albanese Government is looking to make every watt count, with consultations set to begin on the development of a Commonwealth-led National Energy Performance Strategy.

Announcing development of the strategy at the 2022 Energy Efficiency Summit in Sydney on Thursday 6 October, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy Jenny McAllister stressed the need to reform current policy settings.

“For too long, Australia’s efforts at reducing emissions and cutting energy costs have lacked a national plan that will deliver a high energy performance economy,” Assistant Minister McAllister said.

“As we work to deliver secure and affordable low-emissions energy supply, we need to accelerate demand-side action to support an efficient, least-cost pathway through the energy transformation.”

A discussion paper on how to deliver energy efficiency improvements across the economy and help Australia meet its emissions reduction targets, will be released in coming weeks.

More information here

Australia passes Climate Change Bill

The Australian Government’s Climate Change Bill 2022 and the Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 were passed in federal parliament on 8 September 2022.

The bills codify Australia’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, provide for an annual statement in relation to the targets, embed the targets in the objectives and functions of relevant Commonwealth agencies, and empower the Climate Change Authority to provide advice to the Minister in relation to future targets


More information here

NCC 2022 is now available on NCC Online

On 1 October 2022, the Australian Building Codes Board announced that NCC 2022 has been made available on NCC Online.

NCC 2022 will be adopted on 1 May 2023, with a transition period to 1 October 2023 for the modern homes provisions for energy efficiency, condensation mitigation and livable (accessible) housing.

Until these adoption dates, NCC 2019 Amendment 1 remains in force. Please note that various states and territories may have different transition periods.

More information here

Joint Statement: We Support Lifting Energy Performance Standards for New Homes in 2022

In August, ASBEC was proud to partner with a broad coalition of building industry, community, health, environment, and climate sector organisations, calling on Building Ministers to adopt increased energy efficiency requirements for new homes at the Building Ministers’ Meeting.

You can access the joint statement here.

Following the Building Ministers Meeting, ASBEC worked with the same group of stakeholders to send follow-up letters to state/territory building and energy ministers. The content of the letters was differentiated based on the transition period commitments of different jurisdictions.

Green Building Council of Australia: A practical guide to electrification for existing buildings

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released its Practical guide to electrification for existing buildings which highlights the potential for quick decarbonisation wins. GBCA’s practical guides detail the most effective ways to electrify buildings, using a range of technologies.

This guide will take you through the steps to retrofit an existing building to be all-electric. It covers:

  • the types of technologies that can be used today to replace natural gas with electric solutions
  • seven key issues to consider when electrifying
  • how to address the common myths and barriers to electrification.

The guide complements, A practical guide to electrification for new buildings, and was developed in partnership with Cundall and supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and NSW Government.

More information here

Australian Government: Residential Efficiency Scorecard website launch

The Australian Government and Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have launched the new Scorecard website,

The Residential Efficiency Scorecard (or Scorecard, for short) is a government program which helps to make homes more comfortable and cheaper to run.

Pages include:

  • what a Scorecard assessment is and how it can help
  • becoming a Scorecard assessor
  • finding a Scorecard assessor from our Australia-wide assessor community
  • how Scorecard can assist Industry
  • how to save on energy bills and improve your home’s comfort with Scorecard

More information here

Productivity Commission: Study Report – Housing and Homelessness Agreement Review

Australia has a housing affordability problem, with many Australians struggling to rent or buy a home, according to the Productivity Commission’s review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) released on 30 September.

“The NHHA is intended to improve access to affordable housing, but it is ineffective. It does not foster collaboration between governments or hold governments to account. It is a funding contract, not a blueprint for reform,” Commissioner Malcolm Roberts said.

The Commission is recommending the new NHHA have a greater focus on coordinated policy action across jurisdictions, homelessness prevention and early intervention, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing.

More information here

Sustainability Victoria: Victorian Healthy Homes Program findings

Sustainability Victoria released its Victorian Healthy Homes Program findings. The Victorian Healthy Homes Program was a randomised controlled trial designed to measure the impact of an energy efficiency and thermal comfort home upgrade on temperature, energy use, health and quality of life.

Key findings:

  • A relatively minor upgrade (average $2,809) had wide ranging benefits over the winter period.   
  • Householders in the intervention group were more than twice as likely as controls to report that their home felt warmer over winter (These gains in thermal comfort were obtained despite a significant reduction in gas use in upgraded homes, and no change in electricity use).   
  • Householders in the intervention group reported less condensation over winter.   
  • Health benefits of the upgrade were reflected in cost savings, with $887 per person saved in the healthcare system over the winter period.   
  • Cost-benefit analysis indicated that the upgrade would be cost-saving within 3 years and would yield a net saving of $4,783 over 10 years – due to savings in both energy and health.

More information here

Greenpeace: The economic impact of decarbonising household heating in the UK

Produced by Cambridge Econometrics on behalf of Greenpeace UK, “The economic impact of decarbonising household heating in the UK” shows how a properly funded, ambitious program to insulate homes and swap gas boilers for low-carbon heating sources, such as heat pumps, could deliver huge economic and social benefits.

The report highlights that the greater the government’s investment in decarbonising homes, the greater the return, both in terms of jobs and economic growth. 

More information here

ScienceDirect Report: Is heating homes with hydrogen all but a pipe dream? An evidence review

ScienceDirect recently published a review use of hydrogen for heating, undertaken by energy influencer Dr Jan Rosenow, looking at 32 independent studies conducted at international, regional, national, state, and city level by universities, research institutes, intergovernmental organisations such as the IPCC and the International Energy Agency (IEA), and consulting firms. Every study shows that the widespread use of hydrogen for heating is not supported.

Instead, existing independent research so far suggests that, compared to other alternatives such as heat pumps, solar thermal, and district heating, hydrogen use for domestic heating is less economic, less efficient, more resource intensive, and associated with larger environmental impacts

More information here

New South Wales Government: Sustainable Buildings SEPP

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released a new State Environmental Planning Policy (Sustainable Buildings) 2022. This new SEPP will encourage the design and delivery of more sustainable buildings across NSW and will commence on 1 October 2023.

The new State Environmental Planning Policy (Sustainable Buildings) 2022 encourages the design and delivery of more sustainable buildings across NSW. It sets sustainability standards for residential and non-residential development and starts the process of measuring and reporting on the embodied emissions of construction materials

More information here

International Energy Agency (IEA): 2022 Energy and Carbon Tracker

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), the IEA has released the 2022 version of its Energy and carbon tracker.

The interactive product showcases a wide set of indicators to analyse historical trends of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy, power and sectoral patterns at country level. This product is published in excel format and includes graphs of time series and decomposition analyses, also allowing for country comparison.

More information here

Australian Government: Threatened Species Action Plan: Towards Zero Extinctions

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has released the 2022-2032 Threatened Species Action Plan.

These 10-year objectives, 5-year targets and key actions set out in this Action Plan provide a focus for improving the trajectories of 110 priority species and 20 priority places. While all threatened species and natural environments are important, focusing on a limited number of priority species and priority places helps target effort and resources so that tangible outcomes can be achieved, measured and shared

More information here

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) targets “greenwashing”

Companies engaging in greenwashing and lying about the carbon neutrality of their practices will this year face an enforcement crackdown by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The ACCC is targeting businesses “falsely promoting environmental or green credentials to capitalise” on demands that they reduce their environmental footprints. It will be actively monitoring for ‘greenwashing’ in the market with a view to informing what steps businesses can take to improve the integrity of their environmental claims


More information here

Australian Academy of Science: Future Earth Australia (2022). A National Strategy for Just Adaptation

Future Earth Australia, based at the Australian Academy of Science, recently published A National Strategy for Just Adaptation. This report is the natural next step in contributing to the policy discussion by bringing Indigenous and other relevant knowledges, adaptation science, the social sciences, and the humanities together to reshape the national adaptation and resilience agenda.

The Strategy aims to create a blueprint for how decision makers, local, state, and federal governments, community leaders, Indigenous community and cultural organisations, non-government organisations, advocacy groups, and political leaders from across the spectrum can embed a justice framework in their climate change work


More information here

Climate Council: Power Up: 10 Climate Gamechangers report

The Climate Council has identified ten climate gamechangers – that use available technologies and can be put in place within the next few years – to set Australia on a steep emissions reduction path across the electricity, transport, building and industry sector.
These include:

  1. Plug in 100 per cent renewables 
  2. Boost batteries for rock-solid renewable supplies 
  3. Upskill Australians for clean trades 
  4. Plan ahead for coal closures so no-one is left behind 
  5. Rev up fuel efficiency standards 
  6. Ditch diesel for renewable electric buses 
  7. Make new buildings net zero, and electrify established ones 
  8. Ensure major polluters do their fair share
  9. End public funding and finance for coal, gas and oil 
  10. Develop a comprehensive climate and energy investment plan.

More information here

Infrastructure WA: State Infrastructure Strategy tabled in Parliament

Infrastructure Western Australia has tabled WA’s first State Infrastructure Strategy in Parliament, laying the foundations for infrastructure planning, delivery and management for the next 2 decades.

Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow outlines the state’s significant infrastructure needs and priorities. It provides a long-term vision and infrastructure outlook underpinned by 6 strategic opportunities and 10 strategy objectives and is divided into broad infrastructure types categorised as 7 cross-cutting themes and 9 infrastructure sectors. It reaches across WA’s 10 regions, to identify both build and non-build solutions such as policy reforms and priority projects and programs.

The Strategy recommends that the WA Government embed a target of net zero emissions by 2050, as well as interim emissions reduction targets, in the activities of government and industry.

More information here

Australian Government: National Electric Vehicle Strategy

The Australian Department of Industry, Science and Resources is seeking views on proposed goals, objectives and actions for the National Electric Vehicle Strategy.

This feedback will help shape a truly national Strategy to ensure Australians can access the best transport technologies and help meet our emission reduction targets. The Strategy will aim to provide social, economic, business, health and environmental benefits. This will make sure we capture opportunities and have an orderly transition to transport electrification.

The consultation is open until 31 October 2022 and can be accessed here

Greater Cities Commission: Six Cities Region Discussion Paper released

The Greater Cities Commission has launched its Six Cities Region Discussion Paper, sharing region shaping ideas and how they can work with communities and partners across the Six Cities Region.

The discussion paper(External link) proposes six region shaping ideas, known as Region Shapers. These ideas align with other government initiatives, providing the basis for whole-of-government integrated land use, transport, and infrastructure planning and investment across the Six Cities Region.

The discussion paper is open until 30 October 2022


More information here




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