Australian building efficiency standards lag behind other major economies, leaving many Australians living in homes that are cold and damp in winter, dangerously hot in summer or cost a fortune in energy bills to keep at a healthy temperature. Energy waste from inefficient homes is also a significant contributor to Australia’s carbon emissions, while climate change impacts such as heatwaves will increasingly expose vulnerable people living in poor quality housing to serious health risks.
Many Australians are recognising the cost-saving, health and environmental benefits of improving the energy and water efficiency of their home. But many more are held back from taking action because they don’t realise their home could be better, don’t know where to get reliable advice, can’t afford the upfront costs or they rent their home. Only government action to address these barriers will ensure the benefits of sustainable homes are shared by everyone.
Renew is leading a national coalition of community, consumer and environment groups calling for action to raise the energy and water performance of all Australian homes – new and existing. We need a ‘step change’ in minimum efficiency requirements for new homes in the next update of the National Construction Code in 2022. And we need commitment to a range of regulatory and other policy options that will drive improvements in the performance of Australia’s 9.5 million existing homes.
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