Surprise surprise, most of you, our readers, want to see higher energy performance standards.

The survey many of you kindly participated in last week found overwhelming support for raising energy performance standards in the National Construction Code for both commercial and residential buildings.

Eighty-nine per cent of those surveyed said minimum energy standards should be raised for new-build and applied to existing commercial buildings. Only seven per cent said standards should be raised only for new builds. That’s good news.

Only four per cent of respondents thought that standards need not be raised. Even better news.

For residential buildings, the percentage of people that thought energy standards for new and existing buildings should be raised was at 85 per cent, with an additional nine per cent thinking standards should be raised for new builds only.

Six per cent of respondents did not think standards should be raised. (Six per cent of all respondents were also developers, but that doesn’t mean we are making any link, since the data we requested in this survey did not allow for this more nuanced investigation.)

The survey covered a wide range of professions, with designers/consultants the most represented group at 44 per cent of respondents, followed by government workers, owners/investors, and builders/developers.

The government is investigating raising energy standards for new construction in the 2019 edition of the NCC.

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  1. Niiiiice! It would hard to find another first world country that thinks it’s OK to leave building energy performance standards alone for 10 years, at a time when the climate science is in and global leaders have agreed that the world needs to effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by around the middle of this Century. Now I wonder whether the policy-makers are listening? Halloo?? Anybody home?