Improved energy performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity.

In January 2020 Climateworks was invited to provide input on the Northern Territory Government consultation into the adoption of minimum energy requirements for new commercial buildings.

The submission outlines how improved energy performance of buildings has widespread benefits.

Improved energy performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, by reducing stress on the electricity network and offering bill savings; supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero emissions built environment; and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.

The submission recommends adopting the National Construction Code (NCC) Section J requirements, referencing the Climateworks and Australian Sustainable Built Environment Reports Built to Perform and Built to Perform in Australia.

The reports showed that a forward trajectory for energy standards in the NCC, for both residential and commercial buildings, could deliver up to $29 billion in reduced energy bills and 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings across Australia by 2050.

The NCC has been adopted by all other Australian jurisdictions as the primary policy and regulatory lever to ensure the meeting of all energy efficiency standards across commercial buildings and major renovations.

The submission echos recommendations from Built to Perform in Northern Australia that in addition to NCC Section J adoption, the NT Government should progress measures that build capacity in the region to deliver higher performing buildings at lower cost, using design and construction practices appropriate to the climate, recognising the diverse and unique climate.

The suggested recommendations could have a significant impact, with over half the buildings expected to be standing in 2050 likely to have been built since 2019.