Sustainability and the building code of Australia
This was a two-stage project to inform the Australian property and construction industry generally, and to provide the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) with information to allow it to determine whether or not sustainability requirements are necessary in the Future Building Code of Australia (BCA21).
- Research objectives included:
- examine overseas sustainability requirements for buildings and outline the reason why it is controlled and regulated in the particular country, state, principality etc.
- examine studies focusing on sustainability developments in buildings in Australia and overseas
- identify potential issues and implications associated with sustainable building requirements
- provide advice on whether provisions are necessary in the BCA21 to make buildings sustainable
- if the study determines there is a need for sustainability requirements in the BCA21, the study was to demonstrate the need to control and regulate along with the method to control and regulate.
This research was broken down into two stages. Stage 1 was a literature review of international requirements as well as current thinking and practice for sustainable building developments. Stage 2 identified issues and implications of sustainability requirements for buildings and advice on whether provisions are necessary in the BCA21. This stage included workshops in all capital cities and involved key stakeholders, such as regulators, local government and representatives from key associations. This final report brings together the work of both stages, along with a searchable internet database of references and a series of nine key recommendations.