Issue 112 | August 2021

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  • ASBEC Council meeting wrap-up
  • ASBEC’s Ratings Snapshot: Built environment sustainability frameworks commonly used in Australia
  • Australian Government: Australia-UK partnership on low emissions solutions

Better Buildings

Reports & Leadership

  • Updated NABERS Energy tools and prediction tools
  • AIA, Consult Australia & Engineers Australia: Guide for design practitioners and engineers
  • AHURI: Evaluation and learning in public housing urban renewal

Policy, Programs & Funding

  • A2EP and EEC to research the potential for heat pumps to aid decarbonisation in Australia
  • NSW Government: Building Assurance Solution tool and Resilience NSW online hub
  • Solar Victoria: Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade program
  • Standards Australia: Updated standards for wind actions and heated water systems


  • ABCB: Continuing professional development on the National Construction Code

Better Communities

Reports & Leadership


  • Infrastructure Australia: 2021 Assessment Framework
  • Australian Climate Service (ACS) launched
  • AEMO: 2021 Inputs, Assumptions and Scenarios Report
  • IGCC: Empowering Communities: how investors can support an equitable transition to net zero
  • NSW DPIE: What we heard – Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect Submissions Report
  • Social Innovation Research Institute: Infrastructure for social connection
  • RMIT and Melbourne University: Diagnosing delivery capabilities on a large international nature-based solutions project
  • Smart Cities Council: Digital Twin announcements


  • IEA: Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future: Unlocking resilient, smart, sustainable urban energy systems and Sustainable Recovery Tracker
  • European Commission: Eurobarometer Survey
  • OECD: Government at a Glance 2021
  • World Economic Forum: Circular Water Cities and Governing Smart Cities: Policy benchmarks for ethical and responsible smart city development

Policy, Programs & Funding

  • Australian Government: $2 million to Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative
  • House Standing Committee: Advisory report on the Climate Change Bill 2020
  • NSW Government: Finalised Flood Prone Land Package
  • Plan SA: 2021-22 Open Space Grant Program
  • VIC Government: Expanded Community Power Hubs program
  • Sustainability Victoria: $3.1 million Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program
  • WA Government: Electric Vehicle Strategy


    • Infrastructure Australia: call for submissions 2022 Infrastructure Priority List
    • Clean Energy Regulator: Emissions Reduction Methodology consultation
    • NSW Government: Smart Places Acceleration Program applications
    • Infrastructure VIC: Towards 2050: Gas infrastructure in a zero emissions economy
    • Infrastructure WA: Draft State Infrastructure Strategy
    • Greater Sydney Commission: Next Steps for Greater Sydney