Suzanne Toumbourou

Sustainable built environment body ASBEC has put its foot down on the lack of compliance with the building code.

The organisation is calling for urgent changes to the way building compliance is enforced as outlined in the 2018 Building Confidence report by Professor Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir on issues in the construction industry.

The body wants to see a digital log book introduced that can be audited and passed on to the next owners to make sure buildings stay compliant.

It is also calling for the accreditation of energy efficiency assessors, a nationally consistent system of regulatory oversight, and building documentation and permits to ensure that energy and sustainability provisions in the code are addressed as they should be.

“Australian families building or renovating homes need to get what the regulations say they are entitled to: a safe home with minimum standards for energy performance,” said ASBEC’s executive director, Suzanne Toumbourou.

“Failure to ensure compliance with these standards risks leaving them with homes that lack the comfort and health that the code’s energy performance standards help to deliver, as well as higher bills.

“At the same time, commercial clients also risk incurring huge energy expenses if the code is not enforced, affecting the bottom line at a time when many businesses are under threat,” she added

Nicholas Burt, chair of ASBEC’s Compliance Working Group and chief executive officer of the Facility Management Association of Australia, said that it’s up to state and territory governments to make sure builders are sticking to the NCC rules.

“ASBEC supports the recommendations in Building Confidence. We have worked collaboratively with industry leaders to compile 25 crucial policy responses to ensure Australians get the buildings they pay for in terms of health, comfort and energy efficiency.”

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