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Australia Laws to Promote Building Efficiency

"Owners of large commercial buildings in Australia will have to disclose energy efficiency information when putting buildings up for sale or lease, under new laws introduced in parliament. Building owners will need a building energy efficiency certificate when they put office space up for sale or lease. The certificates will spell out an energy efficiency rating, information about the efficiency of the lighting used and information about how energy efficiency could be improved. "

Implications:

If successful, this could be a model for other countries, and smaller buildings even including private homes.

This is also a movement towards increased transparency which seems to be a growing trend. As we become accustomed to dealing with scarce resources we should also become accustomed to being transparent about what and how we use it to ensure that no one gets more than their fair share.

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Sources:

Science and Technology Scanning: Asia Pacific (pg. 7) —
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/NISTPASS_Aug2010.pdf#page=7