Architects Rally to Reduce Built Environment Emissions
The federal government is being urged to back a national plan towards zero carbon buildings, incentives for the private sector and adopt minimum standards for the energy performance of buildings in a bid to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
The call comes as the government announced a new $64.2 million in funding to be included in the upcoming Federal Budget, which the Australian Institute of Architects says is the first step towards improving energy efficiency and seeing the full potential of the built environment reduce emissions.
The peak body welcomed the investment in improving energy productivity in both residential and commercial buildings.
The funding comprises $52.2 million to increase the energy productivity of homes and businesses, including a sector-specific grant program for hotels and facilities upgrades.
The new energy productivity measures include dedicated programs to help community organisations lower their energy bills and the hotel sector to achieve an energy uplift.
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