National Energy Efficient Buildings Project Nov 2013

National Energy Efficient Buildings Project Nov 2013

Postby greenbuild » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:07 pm

pitt&sherry, in conjunction with Swinburne University, is working with key stakeholders from Australia’s building industry to deliver recommendations for the National Energy Efficient Building Project (NEEBP).

Energy used in buildings accounts for approximately 20 per cent of Australia’s energy related greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Australian Building Codes Board1.

As a result, the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, introduced in 2009, is targeting improved energy efficiency in Australian buildings through the NEEBP.

According to Phil Harrington, Principal Consultant & Manager – Carbon & Energy at pitt&sherry, “the national review is seeking to identify the many and varied points in the construction-cycle where the energy efficiency requirements of the National Construction Code are not being achieved.

“The NEEBP is keen to understand the views of key stakeholders from the building industry Australia-wide, and to deliver advice on where the key problems lie and how they might be addressed,” said Harrington.

The national review will involve two phases, with the first including the following key projects:

A national review of key systematic or process weaknesses, and common points of non-compliance with the energy efficiency requirements of the National Construction Code
A national review of the uniformity and effectiveness of current standards or regulations to deliver energy efficient alterations, additions or retrofits
A national information register of materials that support industry capacity to understand, implement and comply with the energy efficiency provisions of the National Construction Code.
Phase two, from March next year, will develop and trial practical strategies to address problems wherever they occur in the construction cycle.

“These strategies will be identified in phase one and could include activities as broad as industry capacity building, changes to policy or regulations, or voluntary guidelines or standards,” explained Harrington.

A large team of consultants from pitt&sherry and Swinburne will conduct workshops across Australia over the next month to gather information for the NEEBP review.

Following the workshops the team will provide focussed, practical recommendations covering how government and industry can improve energy efficiency in buildings throughout Australia.

The consulting team from pitt&sherry and Swinburne is currently contacting those involved in the building cycle, including concept and design, assessment and approvals, building, fit-out and handover. A national online survey is being distributed, followed by invitations to participate in the workshops and/or one-on-one surveys.

NEEBP, funded through the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, is being led by the South Australian government on behalf of all states and territories.

For more information on this project, please contact

Phil Harrington is available for interview. Media contact: Ben Creagh, Mendleson Communication: ph (03) 9421 6520, email

The team is gathering information and views on problems and solutions from all involved in the construction cycle. There are four ways to participate, but don't limit yourself to one.

Come along to a workshop. See the workshop schedule here. Tell us you’re coming at
Complete the survey at from Monday 25 November to 13 December
Send a written submission (it can be as long or as short as you like) to by 13 December
If you can't make it to a workshop, tell us you are interested, or request a meeting or conversation at
An Issues Paper has been prepared as a conversation starter. To download the paper SEE ATTCHMENT.
National Energy Efficient Building Project Issues Paper.pdf
Issues Paper National Energy Efficient Buildings Project Nov 2013
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