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Environment—energy efficiency ratings

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (11.53): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the lack of:

(i) auditing of energy efficiency ratings of new houses in Canberra;

(ii) sufficient warning to energy auditors to prepare for the new software which will be mandatory from May this year; and

(iii) auditing of the ratings as used by real estate agents to regularly disclose the energy efficiency of houses for sale as per the Sale of Premises Act;

(b) that despite Action 19 in the Government’s Weathering the Change strategy, there has been no action to extend energy efficiency ratings to commercial and rental buildings; and

(c) the potential for confusion as there will soon be two different ratings schemes for households; and

(2) agrees that the Government should:

(a) immediately start auditing the energy efficiency ratings undertaken last year for new houses and houses for sale;

(b) set a target of auditing at least 5 per cent of ratings on an annual basis; and

(c) urgently implement transitional arrangements, in particular:

(i) inform ACT energy auditors as soon as possible of the new energy efficiency software which will be required under the Building Code of Australia from May 2009;

(ii) clarify which software will be required under the Sale of Premises Act, and inform the real estate industry and energy auditors of this;

(iii) implement an education program to explain the two ratings schemes, so users of the ratings, such as home owners and purchasers, understand how the new ratings relate to the old ones and why ratings are important;

(iv) ensure that there are sufficient trained auditors by May 2009; and

(v) publicly release the energy rating discussion paper published by the ACT Planning and Land Authority last year.

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