This note, NOT 9, originally published in August 1999, was reviewed by the Australian Greenhouse Office in July 2004. This summary page includes recent updates to the topic since publication. The Australian Greenhouse Office recognises that since the publication of this study rates of residential construction have exceeded expectations and therefore the rate of emission growth published may be underestimated. A full review of the study is expected in 2004.
Note that the Australian Building Energy Council (ABEC) has now been absorbed into the Australian Green Development Forum, and the Prime Minister's statement Safeguarding the Future has been superseded by the Prime Minister's June 2004 energy statement, Securing Australia's Energy Future. This most recent statement reinforces the Australian Government's commitment to mandate minimum energy performance standards through the Building Code of Australia.