Project rationale, objectives and outcomes
Extensive research has been undertaken into the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of constructing more energy efficient buildings. However, further analysis is required to develop this into a strong evidence base to support the adoption of a forward trajectory into relevant policy. The absence of a convincing evidence base contributed to the failure to increase stringency in the 2016 update.
This project will develop this evidence base by drawing on existing and in-progress research within and outside the CRC LCL, including internationally.
Objectives: The project will meet two key objectives:
• Provide an evidence base to support governments to adopt long-term targets and forward trajectories in 2018 to guide future updates for minimum requirements of energy performance of the NCC (from 2022 onwards)
• Support a significant increase in stringency in 2019 by providing industry-led evidence demonstrating feasibility and cost-effectiveness.
Outcomes: The adoption of a forward trajectory for minimum requirements of energy performance in the NCC will support the following outcomes:
• Catalyse market transformation in the sector by providing a strong regulatory signal of the direction for future minimum standards, stimulating investment and innovation in low energy building design, construction, materials and technologies.
• Deliver higher performing buildings, resulting in: – emissions reductions – improved energy productivity, including more efficient use of energy infrastructure through reduced demand from new buildings – energy cost savings – improved health and comfort for building occupants.