Canberra renters to benefit from new energy efficiency standard

Australian Greens

Rental homes across the ACT will now have to meet a minimum energy efficiency standard for ceiling insulation which will help keep Canberra homes comfortable, safe and energy efficient.

Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury said the new regulation, which comes into effect tomorrow, will improve living conditions for Canberra renters and help them save money on energy bills.

“Roughly 30% of households in the ACT are renting and this new regulation will give renters in the ACT assurance that their homes are well insulated and more affordable to heat in winter and cool in summer,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“Up to 35% of heat is lost through the ceiling during colder months in an uninsulated house. This results in higher energy bills and makes homes uncomfortable to live in. A home’s level of thermal comfort has a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of those living there.

“As part of the ACT Government’s work to implement the standard, we will also invest in energy efficiency improvements for existing Housing ACT properties. This new regulation will help to create a more equitable Canberra community so that no one is left behind as we work towards 2045 zero emissions targets.

“The ACT Government is supporting rental providers in helping their homes meet the new standard. Under the Sustainable Household Scheme, eligible property owners can access zero interest loans of up to $15,000 to make necessary insulation upgrades.

“The regulation requires electrical safety checks and all installations to be undertaken by trained installers certified through the Energy Efficiency Council’s insulation installer certification program. All insulation installers and licensed electricians must also have current asbestos awareness training.

“We’ve consulted extensively with the insulation industry to ensure industry readiness. In addition to including a 4 year phase-in period, we are currently working with the Master Builders Association and Canberra Institute of Technology to provide training for insulation providers. This means that we are building capacity within the industry while simultaneously avoiding a significant demand spike for insulation materials and installers.

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