The energy used by Australian buildings accounts for approximately 20 per cent of Australia's greenhouse gas
emissions, split fairly evenly between homes and commercial buildings. The Australian Government is working with the
states and territories on a range of building initiatives aimed at reducing these emissions.
Our strategy for buildings
In July 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the comprehensive, 10-year
National Strategy on Energy Efficiency
(NSEE), to accelerate energy efficiency improvements and deliver cost-effective energy efficiency gains across all
sectors of the Australian economy. The NSEE aims to streamline roles and responsibilities across government by
providing a nationally consistent and coordinated approach to energy efficiency.
The Australian Government is managing a range of measures to transform the energy efficiency of our buildings under
the strategy. This includes developing a
National Building Framework to deliver
consistency in how building energy efficiency is assessed and rated throughout Australia and for reviewing and setting
stronger minimum energy efficiency standards for new and existing homes and commercial buildings over time.
Measures are being managed by the Australian Government in the following areas: