Why is Australia making the move to a net-zero built environment?
Buildings are responsible for 23 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. Net-zero buildings could help reduce that figure to nothing.
Net-zero constructions consume roughly the same amount of energy in a given year as they produce. Typically, these buildings use a combination of innovative energy efficiency measures and renewable power generation to achieve net-zero status.
The collective impact of net-zero practices could be considerable. Buildings produce 23 per cent of emissions in the country, according to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. This is more than transport (17 per cent) and agriculture (17 per cent).
City of Sydney figures show approximately 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the NSW capital come from energy use in buildings. Sustainable Sydney 2030 sets out a range of initiatives that are in the pipeline. In Melbourne, the figure rises to 95 per cent, a council report showed.
However, net-zero building isn't just an Australian initiative. The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is partnering with organisations across the globe to achieve two ambitious goals:
- All new building to be net-zero carbon by 2030.
- 100 per cent of buildings must operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.
What can organisations and homeowners do to help?
The WGBC's target is lofty, but Australia is a world leader in net-zero construction and we are already making significant contributions through green building certification schemes.
Net-zero structures are best built from scratch, with architects and designers planning integrated measures early in the development process. However, organisations and homeowners can still take steps to achieve net-zero or near-zero status on their existing buildings.
The Zero Energy Project provides these recommendations:
- Use efficient hot water heating technology.
- Purchase highly insulated windows and doors.
- Invest in solar power systems and rooftop solar panels.
- Opt for LED lighting to optimise energy efficiency.
- Choose environmentally appliances.
While net-zero organisations and homes are likely to enjoy significant energy savings over the long term, the upfront investment in sustainable modifications is usually high.
Comprehensive clean energy finance solutions can help you fund an environmentally friendly makeover for your building sooner rather than later, so please contact Classic Funding Group via the button below to discuss your options.