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To: The Buildings Ministers Meeting
Net Zero Emissions for all new building developments now!
As our elected representatives we call upon you to use your influence at both the federal and state levels:
1) At the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) via your planning minister to ensure that the National Code is changed to mandate net zero emissions.
2) If that fails, adopt State amendments to the code that mandate net zero for new homes built within your State.
Why is this important?
Right now, the National Construction Code for housing is under review. The code sets the minimum performance requirement for our buildings. And it’s nowhere near tough enough.
We have two weeks before they're set in stone.
Our homes contribute 13-20% of our national CO2-e emissions.
They don’t need to.
Our design and construction industry knows how to deliver net zero homes – cheaply.
We have the know-how and the technologies to eliminate these emissions.
At the same time providing jobs, and comfortable, healthy homes that are cheaper to run and protect our grandkids’ futures. Any additional construction costs will be more than recovered in the low energy costs for the net zero new homes.
Under the proposed updates each average sized new home will still allowed to cause 5 tonnes of carbon emissions every year for its 50-100 year life. That’s the equivalent of driving about 20,000km in an average car.
The most recent report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows we can avoid climate catastrophe, but only through immediate, deep and sustained emissions reductions.
Changing this building code will do just this. If it demands all houses be Net Zero.
Climate change is already wreaking havoc around the world, with worse to come. Our decisions this decade will be the difference between a liveable future for today’s young people, and an unliveable one.
There’s no question that now is the time to mandate net zero emissions in our national construction code. We call on you to exercise your collective duty of care for future Australians and to mandate net zero emissions in the current round of updates to the National Construction Code.
Please make this change. We can’t do it without you.