New energy efficiency requirements for residential buildings in the Northern Territory began on 1 May 2010.
The provisions require new houses to achieve a 5 Star Energy Efficiency Rating, and new flats and caretaker accommodation (Class 2 and 4 buildings) to achieve a 3.5 Star Rating.
A building note explaining the requirements was released on 5 May 2010.
The ABCB provides on-line glazing calculators to assist in carry out energy efficiency assessments. Access the calculators here.
Due to the small pool of experts and the low number of referrals likely, it would be difficult to introduce a peer review system specifically for the NT. In recognition of this, the NT Government has reached an agreement with the Queensland Government allowing NT designers to access the Queensland peer review system.
Building Advisory Services recently held a series of awareness sessions in Darwin, Alice Springs & Tennant Creek.