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(2) What planning has ACTPLA done for the introduction of the second generation energy efficiency rating software.
(3) How will the introduction of the new software affect the sale of premises requirements.
(4) Will the Minister provide all the documents relating to the changes created by this software.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The change in responsibilities has no impact on the development applications process. Energy efficiency requirements for new construction have been dealt with exclusively under the BCA since 2006 making it part of the building approval process not the development applications process.
The requirements for energy efficiency are enforced by licensed building certifiers not the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA)
(2) The introduction of second generation software is a requirement of the BCA and will be enforced by building certifiers who are all aware of the change to the BCA requirements.
(3) The energy rating report for the purposes of the sale of residential housing is a requirement of the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003. The Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act is an Act administered by the Department of JACS with assistance provided by the ACTPLA with respect to the energy rating tools.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority will be consulting with the energy rating community in the first half of 2009 about the most appropriate rating tools for the purpose of EER.
At this time it is not proposed to change the rating tool for EER for the purpose of the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act when the BCA requirements for new building work commence in May 2009.
(4) It is not clear what the member is asking for with respect to “changes created by the software”, please clarify your request.
(Question No 27)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 11 December 2008:
(1) What are the average, minimum and maximum waiting times for approval of the various types of the ACT Planning and Land Development Agency’s (ACTPLA) development applications.
(2) How many of each type (code, merit, impact and exempt tracks) of development application have been approved under the new planning system.