Germany and Australia can apply their equitable strengths in building policy and performance to collaborate on enhancing the energy performance of standing buildings, says new research from the Energy Efficiency Council, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and adelphi.

The report, Further, faster, together: Opportunities for collaboration between Germany and Australia on energy efficiency in buildings was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The report says that Germany has a strong track record on supplying finance to facilitate energy efficiency upgrades of houses through its KfW Bank. Yet, Australia’s world leading National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) has aided in impelling substantial improvements in the energy performance of the nation’s commercial buildings.

Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, stated that this report spotlights Germany’s amazing success in supporting energy performance in enhancements in standing homes by leveraging grants and finance, as well as an ecosystem of defined performance benchmarks, a reinforced network of retail banks and well-trained advisors that can facilitate the entire process.

Accessing the market for residential energy performance improvements at scale is a substantial issue, he said. Yet with policymakers in Australia focused on that issue presently, he says that we now must learn from the best in the world.

This is how we ultimately will cut energy bills and carbon emissions, Menzel said.

Christoph von Spesshardt, executive director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, stated that Germany needs to learn from NABERS and the Commercial Building Disclosure program, which rendered the actual energy performance of commercial buildings transparent, and valued in the market. He hopes that Germany, ultimately, will adopt NABERS policies.