Research into energy efficiency compliance under the National Construction Code (NCC) has supported an earlier finding that large numbers of buildings are failing to meet the code’s requirements. The new research, which forms part of the government-funded National Energy Efficient Building Project (NEEBP), also highlighted the fact that many local councils are not consistently collecting documentation needed to verify energy efficiency.
A government-funded research report released in 2013 uncovered widespread low levels of compliance with the NCC’s energy efficiency requirements and even deliberate efforts by designers, builders and consumers to undermine code compliance.
Key findings of the 2013 report included buildings not being master planned or orientated for energy efficiency, a lack of energy performance-optimized design, insufficient physical inspections, significant divergence from approved designs, a lack of energy efficiency awareness among occupants and gaps in knowledge and skills throughout the construction industry.
Two pilot projects were undertaken as part of follow-up research to that report, with 20 local councils from across the country recruited for the study. […]