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NABERS Embodied Emissions Public Consultation

12 Dec 2022

The online survey for the NABERS Embodied Emissions Public Consultation paper is now closed (16 February 2023). We would like to thank you for your feedback.

Australia currently has no consistent method of measurement for embodied emissions. Over 12 months, NABERS has worked in partnership with the GBCA and collaborated with industry and governments across Australia to understand the appetite for a standard for embodied emissions and the role of NABERS in administering that standard.

In developing this consultation paper NABERS engaged with 207 individuals from 139 organisations across 38 workshops. The feedback from industry told us that NABERS had a clear role to play in accelerating efforts to reduce embodied emissions in Australia’s commercial building stock.

NABERS published a consultation paper containing 10 proposals for feedback covering five topic areas:

  • Scope of the tool
  • Calculation method
  • Benchmarking
  • Certification Process
  • Future Development

The 10 proposals outlined how a rating tool, which we are tentatively calling the NABERS Embodied Emissions tool, would measure, verify and compare embodied emissions in new buildings and major refurbishments.

NABERS asked you to consider:


  1. How likely your organisation is to use or promote the use of a NABERS Embodied Emissions tool as outlined by the proposals in this consultation paper?
  2. What worked well in the proposals and should be retained in the final tool?
    NABERS wants to understand what you like, what works and how the recommended approach aligns with the tool’s objectives and market needs. It’s important we know what is working well so we can know which elements should be retained.
  3. Are there any risks to the proposed approach and what would help to overcome them?
    NABERS wants to understand any potential risks to the objectives and market needs. How might NABERS mitigate these risks if we proceed with the proposals in this paper?
  4. What should we consider in finalising this approach?
    Please note why these considerations are important in achieving the objectives and market needs.
  5. General feedback

Contact details

If you have any questions in relation to the consultation process or would like to be kept up to date with relevant communications, please contact:

Katie Eyles (Sector Lead – Accelerating Net Zero Buildings)