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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2017..


(3) (a) In the shorter term there will be no changes to the Glenloch Interchange; in the longer term as North Molonglo is developed, there may be need to provide a connection between Caswell Drive and William Hovell Drive.

(b) In the longer term as Molonglo develops the Tuggeranong Parkway will need to be upgraded to include a third lane in each direction.

(4) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services completed an economic and technical assessment in October 2009 of the impact of Molonglo and other developments on existing road infrastructure such as Glenloch Interchange. This assessment also considered future traffic conditions and infrastructure requirements.

(5) This assessment has already been undertaken.

(6) The current Government policy on car parking provision is explained in the Territory Plan. In general a parking provision rate of 2 spaces per single dwelling housing is required while for multi-unit housing there is a schedule of provision rates that adapt to the context of development. This provision may be further considered when the Government consults on the revised Estate Development, Residential and Multi-Unit Development codes in the near future.

Housing—energy ratings

(Question No 707)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 18 March 2010:

(1) What changes would be required for existing homes to reach a seven star energy rating.

(2) What design features are essential for new homes to achieve a seven star energy rating.

(3) What consideration has the Government given to seven star ratings and what consultation has been undertaken by the Government with stakeholders.

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

(1) Changes required for individual homes to reach a 7 star rating would be dependent on each home's current efficiency and design.

(2) Ratings are not based on a simple addition of individual elements. Consequently, there is no single set of essential criteria that will guarantee a 7 star rating for all designs.

Designs that promote energy efficiency typically use features that significantly limit heat loss and maximise heat gain in winter, and resist heat gain in summer. These include the use of passive solar design and solar orientation, glazing and thermal mass and insulative properties of building materials in walls, ceiling, roof and floors.

(3) The ACT Government is participating in the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, which is a Council of Australian Governments-endorsed strategy that includes a project to develop a new national framework for building energy standards and assessments.


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