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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 5050..

(1) ACTPLA is currently finalising the proposals for improvements to the ACT House Energy Rating Scheme. It is doing this in light of the submissions and feedback received during the consultation and additional work that is occurring under the National Framework for Energy Efficiency to introduce mandatory disclosure nationally.

It is anticipated the results and refined proposals will be released in November 2009.

(2) As a consequence of the discussion paper the ACT Planning and Land Authority is finalising a proposal for consideration by Government.

Housing-energy efficiency

(Question No 383)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 15 October 2009:

(1) Was there an audit undertaken of the energy efficiency ratings of the houses in the Harrison display village; if so, what was the average energy efficiency rating of the houses in the village.

(2) Did all the houses meet the Building Code of Australia requirements of having an EER of 5.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) An audit of the energy efficiency ratings of the house plans in the Harrison display village was undertaken in 2008. Ratings ranged between 5 and 6 stars, noting that 6 stars was the upper limit of the first generation of FirstRate software as opposed to the full 10 star range in second generation NatHERS software.

(2) The Building Code of Australia does not have a requirement for all houses to meet a specific EER. Rather the Building Code of Australia has a requirement that buildings perform to a set standard. This can be verified by different methods one of which is an EER.

Alternatively the deemed-to-satisfy provisions can be used to establish compliance with the Building Code of Australia.

All of the buildings were certified as meeting the minimum mandatory requirements of the Building Code of Australia which was current at the time of construction.

Housing-solar hot-water heaters

(Question No 384)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Disability and Housing, upon notice, on 15 October 2009:

(1) Is the reason for not installing solar hot water systems in public housing because it requires some analysis of the design and siting of the house.

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