Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2004
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Regulatory Instruments, Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Buildings>Building Type>Residential, Buildings>New buildings, Buildings>Building Code>Energy frame, Buildings>Building Code>Model/Reference building, Buildings>Building Code>Prescriptive, Residential Appliances>Space cooling, Residential Appliances>Space heating, Lighting, Buildings>Building Type>Non-residential
Agency:Australian Building Codes Board
Description:The representatives of the Australian building industry have agreed to the incorporation of mandatory energy efficiency standards in the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Energy efficiency provisions for houses were introduced into the BCA on 1 Juanuary 2003 and were enhanced in 2006. Measures for multi-residential bulidings were introduced in 2005 and measures for public and commercial buildings were then introduced in 2006. BCA requirements include prescriptive requirements for building components, known as "deemed to satisfy provisions", which vary depending on the climate zone (there are 8 climate zones). However, the requirements can also be met by alternative means, using Verification Methods that allow compliance of a buildings energy efficiency to be determined using a thermal calculation method such as energy rating software. The 2006 amendment for residential buildings increased the range of options for complying with the requirements. On 30 June 2009 the Council of Australian Governments agreed to increase the stringency of the BCA energy efficiency requirements for both residential and commercial buildings.
Related policies:Performance Standards and 5-Star Rating for Buildings: MEPS and NatHERs
This record is superseded by:6 Star NatHERS Rating for Buildings

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