CBD public consultation

Closed 15 Mar 2016

Opened 4 Feb 2016


The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program requires energy efficiency information to be provided in most cases when commercial office space of 2,000 square metres or more is offered for sale or lease. The aim of the program is to improve the energy efficiency of Australia's large office buildings and to ensure prospective buyers and tenants are better informed.

The CBD Program is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council, and was established under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010. The Program is managed by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the Department).

In 2015, the Department commissioned Acil Allen to undertake a review of the CBD Program (see link to full report below) to assess its objectives and to determine its effectiveness at promoting energy efficiency, and its interaction with the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

The review found the Program was an appropriate, successful and effective way of delivering significant benefits at minimal cost to industry and government while complementing other government initiatives. The review identified two enhancements that are expected to deliver an additional $13 million in energy efficiency benefits by 2028 and streamline industry regulatory obligations.

Why we are consulting

The Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP released the review report on 4th February 2016 and agreed to public consultation on the proposed regulatory changes to the program. The proposed changes include:

  1. Lowering the threshold for mandatory disclosure of energy efficiency information on buildings from 2,000 square metres to 1,000 square metres to capture smaller office buildings; and
  2. Extending the certification validity period for the energy efficiency office lighting assessment, known as a tenancy lighting assessment (TLA), from one to five years.

A Regulation Impact Statement (see link below) on the proposed changes has been prepared.

This public consultation seeks industry and stakeholder feedback on the following broad questions:

  • Do you support the proposed changes to the CBD program regulations?
  • How can the CBD program become more effective

Your feedback will be used to inform the Minister’s decision whether to implement the proposed changes to the CBD program. Stakeholder insight, data and information is crucial to ensure governments have comprehensive and accurate information when making decisions.

Any changes to the CBD program regulations will be preceded by a one year transition period following Ministerial approval.

Written responses can also be submitted to info@cbd.gov.au or:

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Energy Division
Commercial Buildings Team
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601


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