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National Energy Efficient Building Project and the Electronic Building Passport

In 2014 pitt&sherry and the Swinburne University of Technology undertook Phase 1 of the National Energy Efficient Building Project (also known as NEEBP). This national review was undertaken for the COAG Energy Council, with the project managed by the South Australian Government. The Phase 1 study looked at key systemic weaknesses and points of non-compliance with the energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code. A secondary objective was to identify opportunities to move towards best practices in energy efficiency in Australian buildings.

Our engagement with over 1,000 stakeholders during the project included seventeen workshops across every state and territory, a national survey, and an issues paper and submission process. Participation was by stakeholders from all stages of the construction cycle, including planning, design, construction, operation and ownership.

Our final report for NEEBP Phase 1 provided detailed recommendations for reform. This reflected the large number of issues raised by stakeholders, but also the breadth of the building industry and its regulatory system. By supporting the building industry to improve capacity and pursue best practice in energy-efficient construction, the report’s recommendations aim to increase compliance with the energy performance requirements in the National Construction Code.

2015 saw the NEEBP embark upon Phase 2, with three projects targeting a selection of Phase 1 recommendations.

pitt&sherry, in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology, led the Electronic Building Passport pilot project. An on-line tool was developed and tested with the support of participating councils from around the country. The concept of an electronic building passport—where information on a building is stored and accessible electronically—was endorsed by participating councils as highly desirable. Such a system would enable a far more robust and transparent quality assurance system, with major benefits for the construction industry and building owners and users. However, for a passport system to be truly effective, national development (at least statewide) adoption would be required.

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