November 6, 2018
According to AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating), industry is being warned to brace itself for much stricter energy-efficiency standards in the new Section J of Volume 1 of the National Construction Code (NCC). The revised NCC will be published in February 2019 and come into effect in May, pending approval from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) board in November.
Speaking at the Future of HVAC Conference, Mike Dodds, senior policy officer at the ABCB, said “Change is indeed coming to the NCC and it is time to start thinking about what it means to you.”
The public comment draft of the NCC included changed minimum Total R-Values, consideration of thermal bridging, a new approach to glazing calculations, new verification methods for performance solutions and revised profiles for building classes to name a few areas.