Assessments of the energy performance of buildings in Australia could soon undergo significant change as a result of proposed amendments to the National Construction Code (NCC).

The slated changes are expected to foster greater innovation when it comes to the energy efficiency of new building projects by means of a small yet pivotal alteration to the language employed by the code. “Alternative” pathways in the code will be changed to “performance” pathways, placing them on par with prescriptive, deemed-to-satisfy…