All new homes, additions and alterations need to comply with the six star standard energy rating. The aim of this rating is to create more environmentally friendly houses that consume less energy to heat and cool, are more comfortable to live in and also comply with current building regulations.
Where an extension or alteration is proposed, and the work represents less than 50% of the original volume of the building, only the new section will need to be rated six stars. More than 50%, and the entire building will require a six star energy rating.
An accredited energy rater needs to review your building plans, ensuring they meet energy rating guidelines. They will produce an energy report for you to submit as part of your building permit application.
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Ideas for sustainable living
There are many ways you can minimise the environmental impact of your lifestyle, from ensuring the designs of any building works you undertake are energy efficient to using water wisely and purchasing energy efficient appliances for your home. For plenty of ideas, visit our Sustainable Living and Building Resources pages.
All non-residential buildings will require a Building Code of Australia (BCA) Section J Report when applying for a Building Permit. This documents reports how the proposed building complies with Energy Efficiency requirements.