From 1 October 2023, Energy Efficiency Provisions from the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Volume One (known as Section J), will apply for all new non-residential buildings in the Northern Territory.

To assist industry to prepare for this change, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has identified and linked publicly available training materials on Section J requirements on our website: Building energy efficiency provisions | Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

The decision for the NT to introduce energy efficiency requirements under NCC 2019 Volume One was made after a comprehensive costs benefit analysis identified that its benefits outweighed the costs. Increasing the energy efficiency of new buildings will provide savings over the life of a building and reduce the NT’s greenhouse gas emissions.

From 1 October 2023, applications for building permits for non-residential class 3 and class 5-9 buildings will need to meet NCC 2019 Volume One Section J energy efficiency requirements.

If a building permit is issued for a new non-residential building before 1 October 2023, plans will not need to be changed to meet Section J requirements. The adoption of Section J will not apply retrospectively to existing non-residential buildings.

The department will work with peak industry bodies and other stakeholders involved in the construction industry to ensure that industry is prepared for the commencement of NCC 2019 Section J provisions from 1 October 2023.

More information on the adoption of NCC 2019 Section J in the NT can be found at: Building energy efficiency provisions | Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

To find out more or discuss training needs in preparation for the introduction of Section J contact:

Building Advisory Services Industry Skills Advisory Council NT
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Phone: 08 7913 7500
Phone: 8999 8982 Email: admin@isacnt.org.au
Email: BAS.policy@nt.gov.au