ASBEC continues to be active in developing and pursuing practical responses to achieve sustainability across all elements of the built environment, whether at building, local, precinct, city or national level.

ASBEC members and Task Groups are currently developing work on:

  • Realising the economic benefits of better building energy efficiency, by implementing incentives to significantly cut carbon emissions;
  • Improving the long-term productivity, liveability and sustainability of cities, urban communities and their underpinning infrastructure;
  • Driving a consistent national agenda to increase the resilience of the built environment in the face of predicted climate change impacts, extreme weather events and increasing population demands;
  • Driving demand for more sustainable, accessible, liveable, productive and innovative residential development and housing;
  • Ongoing participation on various government steering committees and consultations; and
  • Continued discussions between all members and development of joint understandings of the potential for sustainability initiatives in the built environment.

Previous activities have included research and policy development in the following areas:

  • unlocking the barriers to micro power
  • a resilience strategy for the built environment
  • a framework that facilitates effective collaboration between industry, governments, and education providers, to ensure that the skills needs of the built environment sector are met
  • the building sector’s potential to reduce GHG emissions
  • the development of policy options to accelerate their uptake
  • the development of a framework of evidence-based urban indicators to assess progress towards competitive, sustainable and liveable cities
  • research for the Australian Building Codes Board on materials, water and Indoor Environment Quality

and participation in committees such as:

  • the NABERS Stakeholder Advisory Committee,
  • the Garnaut Climate Change Review Roundtable on energy efficiency,
  • the COAG National Strategy for Energy Efficiency, and
  • the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council Stakeholder Forum.