How Will the National Construction Code Change in 2019?

Close up photo of energy meterThe National Construction Code (NCC) could enforce new policies in 2019 that would aim to impose better energy-efficiency requirements for commercial and industrial buildings in Australia.

This means that if you are planning to buy an air compressor for industrial use, you should consider how it would affect the facility’s overall energy performance.

Building Performance

Non-residential buildings can contribute to the progress of a net-zero building code if it adopts better heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council said that public and private stakeholders should focus on drafting the guidelines for a Zero Carbon Ready Code.

This serves as the first step that net-zero buildings will be a reality in 2050. Tenants of commercial premises may also do their part. For instance, the National Built Environment Rating Scheme (NABERS) released a new online rating tool that allows office tenants to monitor their buildings’ sustainability.

Digital Monitoring

Occupants of office towers may track their energy consumption by using an online tool that lets tenants see how different ratings affect their spending on utility bills. The transparency of data should encourage more tenants to be mindful of their energy and operational expenses.

This can happen when tenants find out that their fellow occupants pay a lower electric bill, even if both have the same operational work flow and number of employees. The NABERS Co-Assess ratings of buildings are also required to be disclosed for spaces between 1,000 square metres and beyond before landlords can lease or sell them to another party.

Net-zero energy in Australia will only be possible if the public and private sectors work together in drafting new standards. In the meantime, commercial companies should focus their attention on reducing energy consumption by using the right industrial equipment.