Towards climate safe homes : the case for zero emissions and water saving homes and neighbourhoods /
By: Noble, Kate
Contributor(s): Martinelli, AnnePublisher: Carlton, Vic. Environment Victoria 2009Description: PDFSubject(s): Housing Environmental Aspects | Sustainable Development | Environmental Policy | Construction Industry | Emissions Trading Government Policy | Housing Policy | Climatic Changes Government Policy | Energy Conservation | Housing Policy | Ecologically Sustainable Development | Environmental Impact | Handbooks | Climate ChangeOnline Resources: Electronic copy
This report recommends that Australian governments adopt a goal of requiring new homes and neighborhoods to be ?climate safe' by 2020 to guide both regulation and incentives. This would mean that new homes would need to have zero net carbon emissions and be extremely water efficient. The report suggests that Australian governments follow the example of the UK Government which has committed to building all new homes to zero emissions standards from 2016 onwards, and established a task force to set interim standards and programs to make progress towards this target. Australian Governments recently committed through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to increase the energy efficiency standards for new residential buildings to six stars or equivalent nationally as part of the 2010 update of the Building Code of Australia.