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Australian Government back better buildings for a low carbon future

More energy efficient buildings could deliver more than a quarter of Australia’s emissions reduction target and save $20 billion in energy bills for businesses
and households. Recognising this potential, the Australian Government has announced funding to increase the energy productivity of our buildings.

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) welcomes the announcement from the Australian Government which outlines funding and an expanded mandate for the Australian Renewable Energy Authority (ARENA), and a package of measures to facilitate improved energy efficiency for residential and commercial buildings.

“More energy efficient buildings provide a win-win-win opportunity in terms of jobs, energy savings and emission reduction,” said ASBEC’s President, Professor Ken Maher AO. “Whilst Australia’s foremost developers are leading globally in terms of sustainability, our broader building sector lags far behind, meaning we are not gaining the health, comfort, efficiency and environmental benefits that we could reasonably expect.”

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