Meeting of Building Ministers: Communiqué August 2022

Commonwealth, state and territory building ministers met today to discuss improved energy efficiency provisions for residential buildings, implementation and transition timelines for the edition 2022 National Building Code (NCC), Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Business Plan, Funding and Intergovernmental Cooperation. Board Agreement and Appointments.

Ministers also discussed market capacity in the building, construction and maintenance sectors and progress on the review of a construction products assurance framework stemming from the report on confidence building.

NCC 2022

After acknowledging the significant contribution of key stakeholders in the building industry and advocacy over several years, Ministers considered the Decision-Making Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) prepared by the ABCB on improved provisions in residential energy efficiency and have agreed to include these provisions in NCC 2022. homes supports the transition of the economy to net zero emissions by 2050.

The main changes are the adoption of a minimum standard of 7 stars and the introduction of an annual energy usage budget. For an average new home, achieving a 7-star rating may require things like better insulation, higher quality glazing, and smarter floor plans. To meet the annual energy usage budget, consideration must be given to the efficiency of appliances used in new homes, as well as solar panels and batteries on the roof. Although this differs from house to house depending on factors such as climate, orientation and building materials, ministers acknowledged that overall these changes will improve amenities and reduce bills. energy in new homes.

NCC 2022 will also provide a new standard of habitability to increase the stock of homes with accessibility features and help Australians with reduced mobility through the stages of life in their own homes.

Ministers reviewed the ABCB and senior officials’ advice for a coordinated transition and implementation of NCC 2022. They seriously considered the benefits that energy efficiency and livable (accessible) housing will bring to Australian households, and to ensure that the industry is properly prepared to deliver these changes.

Ministers have decided that NCC 2022 will be available from October 1, 2022 for those who wish to use the new provisions. NCC 2022 will begin on May 1, 2023, with a transition period until October 1, 2023 for provisions for modern homes for energy efficiency, condensation mitigation, and habitable (accessible) housing.

The ministers recognized that individual jurisdictions may make modifications to the implementation to take into account local circumstances such as condensation, renewable energy capacity and local climatic conditions.

The transitional provisions will give the industry time to adapt, given the pressures that have been experienced in recent times. The ABCB and jurisdictions will work with industry on a communications and engagement strategy to support industry’s implementation of energy efficiency, condensation mitigation and habitable (accessible) housing .

ABCB Business Plan and Board Appointments

Ministers endorsed the ABCB’s 2022-2023 Business Plan and agreed to extend the terms of President, Ms. Glenys Beauchamp PSM, and Industry Representative, Ms. Kristin Brookfield.

Market capacity

Ministers recognized the difficult market capacity issues facing the industry. Ministers asked senior state and territory construction officials, the Ministry of Industry, Science and Resources and the ABCB to investigate factors limiting market capacity, such as chains of supply and manpower, to consider options for building capacity in key areas.

Electric vehicles

Ministers acknowledged that the energy efficiency provisions of NCC 2022 will make it easier for people living in apartments to switch to an electric vehicle, by providing basic infrastructure for future cabling and the installation of power points. control at the time of construction.

Ministers tasked the ABCB to take this work further by working with other relevant agencies to ensure that future buildings are ready to support the energy transition by making electric vehicle charging easy and safe, including by enabling greater use of distributed energy and storage. The ABCB will report on this at the next BMM.

Next BMM

Ministers agreed to meet in early 2023, with the timing of the meeting to be decided out of session.