The Australia Sustainable Built Environment Council called last week for a new nationally consistent rating framework for housing sustainability.
President Ken Maher said: “Housing is responsible for 13% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Improving the sustainability of our housing stock is crucial to meeting Australia’s targets for emissions reduction. At the same time, with energy costs rising, greater energy efficiency in our homes will improve the cost & quality of living for all Australians.”
Professor Maher said Australia had no coherent national framework for rating housing sustainability. Instead, a plethora of ratings & measurement tools made things complex for industry professionals and incomprehensible to consumers.
He said the framework should consist of 3 key elements: minimum regulatory performance standards in new buildings, benchmarks for market comparison of best practice sustainability performance, and explanations of the value of sustainability features to renovators & homebuyers.
Attribution: Council release.