Four Corners - Home Front, The
While politicians clash noisily over global warming and how to fight it, millions of Australians are trying modestly to cut their energy use, to be a small part of a big solution. But as Four Corners reveals, their efforts to save energy at home are being retarded by vested interests and a bewildering variety of rules and rebates, local, state and federal.
Households make 20 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Experts say household emissions could be cut by close to a third. Their prescription is a cocktail of moderate reforms that would change the way Australians build their homes, heat them, cool them and light them, and a tougher approach to power-guzzling products. If there is a single instrument that could improve the energy efficiency of new houses, it is Australia’s building code, which sets minimum required standards for the building industry.
But how stringent are those standards? Compared with other countries, not stringent at all, Four Corners reveals. An innovative housing project in Queensland shows what could be achieved.
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