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Tougher Construction Code Critical for Climate Target from Kingspan

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Australia's insulation industry is backing an urgent call for stronger energy standards for residential housing and buildings under Australia's National Construction Code, critical to ensuring they are ready for and committed to a zero carbon future.

Stronger standards would benefit consumers, as well as the environment, by ensuring more comfortable, energy efficient homes and buildings, said Insulation Australasia Chair Scott Gibson.

"We need certainty for the industry now, with a building code that is geared towards a zero net emissions economy in 2050," Mr Gibson said.

"Slight increases in construction costs will be more than offset by the long-term energy savings."

"The path to net zero starts with more airtight buildings and improving the building envelope," he said. "The insulation industry is ready to play its part in meeting this critical challenge."

A report released yesterday prepared by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and Climate Works Australia, calls on the Building Ministers Forum and the COAG Energy Council to commit to a 'Zero Carbon Ready' code to be implemented across the building sector. The report calls for greater stringency in energy regulations to be introduced in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, with further incremental increases noted for non-residential.

The report, Built to Perform, also calls on governments to broaden the code to meet future sustainability challenges and to provide certainty to industry with clear targets and processes encouraging investment in more energy efficient buildings. The changes would be a crucial part of meeting Australia's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, the report stated.



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