Institute backs calls to implement sustainable materials regulations

The Australian Institute of Architects has backed calls to accelerate and wholly implement the National Construction Code 2022, arguing a complete switchover to environmentally friendly construction materials would assist Australia to meet its sustainability commitments.

Institute national president Stuart Tanner said sustainable alternatives were accessible and available for use in construction and by implementing the code with few or no exceptions, it could expedite the process of decarbonization in the built environment.

“The Institute supports the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) when it says their members are ready to make Australian buildings climate prepared,” Tanner said.

“With the built environment contributing around 40 per cent of total emissions – 27 per cent from operations and 15 per cent from materials – it cannot be ignored.”

The Institute expressed their support for low-emissions material manufacturers that are eager to make haste and get their products out into the construction industry.

This follows a statement from ASBEC associations declaring they are available to provide materials for energy-efficient homes and offices. ASBEC’s Low Carbon, High Performance report demonstrated that improving the performance of new and existing housing stock was among the few paths to reliably reach Australian commitments to reducing emissions by 2050.

“Unfortunately, Australia had fallen well behind when it came to addressing emissions in the built environment,” Tanner said. “We have the ability to accelerate and once again lead, but not if we keep putting off the inevitable.”

“Our members are keen to work with these manufacturers. They want to use their significant expertise to design liveable climate-ready homes and buildings to respond to the future.

“Our members know that responsible low-carbon products are fundamental to this future.

“We call on all governments to support Australian building material manufacturers, to support climate-appropriate building materials and build the homes and other buildings Australia needs for the next 50 years.”

Source: Architecture - architectureau

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