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Thursday, 26 September 2002
Page: 4954

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (9.39 a.m.)—At the request of Senator Allison, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the building sector accounts for about 20 per cent of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions,

(ii) the Victorian Government has proposed a compulsory `five-star' minimum energy rating for new homes,

(iii) a minimum five-star energy rating for new houses could halve energy demand for heating and cooling in those homes,

(iv) within 10 years this will result in the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of around 2 million tonnes in Victoria, the equivalent of removing 550 000 cars from the road or planting 3 million trees,

(v) most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries have had minimum building energy performance requirements for more than a decade, and

(vi) in comparison with most European countries and North America, the Victorian five-star rating sets a lower standard of energy efficiency;

(b) welcomes the Victorian Government's move towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector; and

(c) urges the Victorian Government to take the next step by taking into account solar hot water and photovoltaic systems in calculating building energy ratings.

Question agreed to.