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Joint Statement: Consumers call for action on housing energy performance standards

NT Shelter have joined 35 organisations calling government and industry to set higher energy performance standards for all Australian homes.

Energy is an essential service, and integral to creating wellbeing and positive health outcomes for
people and communities. As a community we urgently need policies and programs in place to ensure
that all Australian people can afford the energy they need to have healthy and sustainable homes.

The poor energy performance of our homes, combined with significant increases in energy costs
over the past decade, mean that many are now living in homes that are damp, too cold in winter and
too hot in summer.

Living in these homes, dealing with high electricity bills, and going without the energy we need for
the essentials, can lead to financial stress, poor health and make it harder to work, to get an
education or to be a part of the community.

We’re calling on the COAG meeting of energy ministers to commit to higher energy performance standards in the next update of the National Construction Code from 2022 and mandatory minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties.

You can read the statement in its entirety here.

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