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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

3 September 2003

Government and Industry Work Together for a 'Cleaner, Greener, Smarter' Built Environment


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today opened the Australian Electrical & Electronic Manufacturer's Association (AEEMA) Cleaner Greener Smarter conference on the built environment.

Dr Kemp said the conference also provided a timely opportunity to update AEEMA members on initiatives to deliver a cleaner, greener and smarter built environment. These include:

"While the BCA will define minimum regulatory requirements, the Australian Greenhouse Office and the Department of the Environment and Heritage are working with SEDA, State environmental agencies and the building industry on programs to encourage voluntary best-practice in energy efficiency and environmental performance," Dr Kemp said.

Dr Kemp said the Department of the Environment and Heritage is finalising the development of a rating system for assessing the environmental performance of existing buildings, adding that it is intended to be used as a complementary tool with other rating systems that focus on building design.

"The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) measures impacts in key environmental categories including energy use and greenhouse emissions, indoor air quality, waste, toxic materials, water use, stormwater run-off and pollution, landscape diversity, transport, occupant satisfaction and ozone depleting substances and the global warming potential of refrigerants," he said.

Dr Kemp also said the Howard Government is working closely with the States to develop a National Framework for Energy Efficiency, through the Climate Change Forward Strategy, to unlock the economic potential that can be delivered through improved energy efficiency in commerce and industry.

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