Environment Victoria welcomes the opportunity to comment on the National Building Energy Standard‐Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework. This submission is also supported by the Alternative Technology Association and Friends of the Earth.
Environment Victoria recommends that an essential part of the Framework be setting a goal of ‘climate safe’ new homes by 2020. ‘Climate Safe’ homes are those with zero net emissions and high water efficiency. The case for Climate Safe homes is captured in the enclosed ‘Towards climate safe homes: The case for zero emissions and water saving homes and neighbourhoods’ report produced in partnership with the Alternative Technology Association, Australian Conservation Foundation, Friends of the Earth Australia, and Moreland Energy Foundation.
The National Building Energy Standard‐Setting, Assessment and Rating framework should include intermediate standards or ‘gateways’ for particular years that step towards the 2020 goal. As a first step towards zero emissions, we recommend the Government commit to 7‐8 star standards for new homes by the end of 2010 and encourage efficient hot water for all new homes.