The energy efficiency standards for residential buildings across Australia were raised significantly in 2011. In Victoria, the standard was raised from 5 to 6 stars. This was a major step forward, and posed many questions, including:
- What are the cost impacts of the regulatory change?
- How has the building industry responded?
- How effective are the codes and standards for residential buildings?
- To what extent have architects and builders improved on the regulatory minimum?
To answer these questions, the Federal Department of Environment and Energy commissioned MEFL to carry out the Changes Associated with Efficient Dwellings Project. This was an independent study, based on industry consultation and data gathering to understand the impacts and what the move to 6-star can tell us.
We have consulted with industry peak bodies, local governments, government authorities and major players in the building industry. The results will no doubt prove interesting, and we’ll share them with you when the report is complete.