This was in response to concerns over global warming, and in July 2000, the Australian Government announced an agreement had been reached with industry and State and Territory Governments to adopt a two-pronged approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
The first approach was the introduction of mandatory minimum energy performance requirements through the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and the second approach was the encouragement of best practice voluntary initiatives by industry. The industry was supportive of this two-pronged approach, taking the view that building-related matters should be consolidated in the BCA wherever possible.
Given the importance of the energy performance of buildings to overall national greenhouse gas emissions performance, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the Australian Greenhouse Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop the BCA Energy Efficiency Provisions.
The Energy Efficiency Project was endorsed under the National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE), an agreement between all Australian Governments established to improve energy efficiency. The objective of NFEE is to unlock the significant economic potential associated with the increased implementation of energy efficiency technologies and processes to deliver the least cost approach to energy efficiency in Australia.