Well-designed, zero carbon housing is what Australia needs.
The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is planning to work with partner organisations in the environmental, social and building sectors on a major advocacy campaign called Climate Resilient Homes.
With nearly 40 years of knowledge in sustainable housing, the ATA will use its expertise and networks to push for greater action on climate-resilient homes in Australia.
You can help us by making a tax-deductible donation by June 30.
Currently in Australia new homes and alterations/additions need to achieve a minimum 6-star energy rating under the National Construction Code. But many homes are not performing to standard once built and there is an increasing body of evidence that the economically optimal level to which new housing should be designed is above the mandatory minimum 6 stars.
There is an urgent need to advocate for climate-ready homes. Australia has fallen behind international standards for residential energy efficiency. In Europe and the UK basic quality-control safeguards already exist to protect consumers form poor building performance, including mandatory tests for building air leakage.
The ATA has called on the National Construction Code to be strengthened and a clear trajectory be set by the Australian Building Codes Board for net-zero housing before 2050 in a recent submission on amendments to the Code.
- Engage with government and industry to make the case for improving both compliance with existing, and implementation of higher energy performance standards in buildings
- Empower consumers with independent information and tools they can use to ensure new homes are actually built to minimum standards or above
- Increase consumer awareness of the health, safety, comfort, economic and environmental benefits of building above minimum standards.
Your donation will support research, consumer education and advocacy for energy efficiency in all households. By helping the ATA take the lead for Climate Resilient homes, you will help create more affordable, healthier and sustainable homes for all Australians.
Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support the ATA’s work for liveable homes.