ABCB to delay the implementation of NCC 2022
Due to come into effect on the 1st of September 2022, the implementation of the National Construction Code 2022 (NCC 2022) has been delayed until after the 1st of October 2022 by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).
What Are The Implications of NCC 2022?
The NCC 22 potentially has strong implications for energy efficiency ratings for future homes. With the updated code likely to include an increased National Home Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) minimum rating of 7-stars, up from the previous 6-star minimum.
While providing a more environmentally friendly home and reducing heating and cooling costs to homeowners, the 7-star rating does increase initial construction and material costs.
The timing of the delay also coincides with several difficult market conditions – including rising interest rates for consumers, and supply chain and material cost headaches for builders.
Why The Delay?
According to the Housing Industry Association (HIA), this is due to “a delay in the scheduling for the upcoming Building Ministers meeting post the recent Federal election” disrupting “the timelines for finalisation of the code.”
Ahead of the rescheduled Building Ministers meeting, the HIA has contacted federal, state and territory ministers, imploring them to follow a carefully managed three-year transition period for the market to adapt to new requirements.
Source: HIA, "Delayed start for NCC 2022" Friday, 29th July 2022.