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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tassie's energy stand backed

The Mercury: Tassie's energy stand backed [15dec05]
TASMANIA'S refusal to sign an energy efficiency scheme has been welcomed by the forestry industry and the state's construction industry.

Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Minister Bryan Green said yesterday he would not sign the Five Star Energy requirements proposed by the Australian Building Codes Board.

Mr Green said concerns about cost implications for consumers and doubts about the rating system used for timber materials had to be weighed against the energy efficiency benefits of the new scheme.

"A number of states have agreed to implement new energy efficiency requirements next year but I am not yet satisfied that the concerns of all industry sectors in Tasmania have been fully considered," he said.

National Association of Forest Industries CEO Catherine Murphy welcomed the announcement, saying the Five Star system discriminated against using timber as a building material.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania executive director Chris Atkins said the additional building costs flowing from trying to achieve a five-star rating would cause housing affordability to deteriorate.


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