The Australian Institute of Architects has called for increased energy efficiency standards in homes in order to reduce emissions and save residents money.
The Institute joined with more than 100 property, community, health and environmental organisations to call for new homes to meet 7-star energy ratings, including thermal performance and an overall energy budget for appliances.
The call comes ahead of the National Building Ministers’ Meeting on 26 August, when state, territory and federal ministers will gather to discuss proposed amendments to the National Construction Code.
Institute National President Shannon Battisson said with climate change among the biggest crises facing our communities, urgent action was required.
“These practical improvements to Australia’s building code will support national efforts to reduce carbon emissions,” she said.
“More importantly, living in an energy efficient home means people have significantly lower running costs for heating and cooling, and healthier spaces to call home.
“Raising the standard of energy efficiency in Australian homes builds a stronger legacy for residents, communities, and the environment.”
Australian Government modelling has suggested raising residential energy efficiency standards would save $576 a year.
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