This report assesses the extent to which it would be feasible for the non-residential building sector as a whole, and for individual building forms, to achieve net zero energy and/or greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The potential strategies to reach this goal that are analysed in this study include:
cost-effective increases in minimum energy performance requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC, or the Code) over time
cost-effective levels of solar generation on new non-residential buildings
cost-effective enhancements to existing national and state/territory policy measures.
The underlying objective – to enable greater predictability of future Code energy performance requirements – has been identified both by the COAG Energy Council and by the building industry. Providing a forward trajectory or pathway for cost-effective Code settings is designed to enable industry to better plan its innovation, education/training and commercial strategies. This in turn is expected to improve certainty for investment and provide additional time for the industry to anticipate and accommodate likely future Code increases.
The Department of the Environment and Energy Australia
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