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Government is undertaking research around establishing a rating tool for the national scheme and it is expected more information on this will become public in 2017. Action 31 of the NEPP aims to update the current energy efﬁciency standards of the Building Code of Australia to ensure they are clearly understood by builders and homeowners. It will also set the scene to increase the current six-star standard for new homes, new apartment buildings and renovations to existing homes in the future. Ensuring that the current six-star standard is clearly deﬁned will assist homebuyers in knowing that the energy efﬁciency of newly completed homes or apartments will provide lower energy costs for heating and cooling the home. Action 32 of the NEPP aims to improve compliance with current building energy efﬁciency regulation. The housing industry has called on government to focus on supporting education for the industry to improve
the way energy-efﬁcient homes are built. Training and information can help builders and trade contractors better understand how to design and build a six-star home or to deliver a higher rating when the customer chooses to go beyond regulation.
THE HOUSING INDUSTRY HAS CALLED ON GOVERNMENT TO FOCUS ON SUPPORTING EDUCATION FOR THE INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE THE WAY ENERGYEFFICIENT HOMES ARE BUILT
Increasing the know-how of builders about how to deliver more energyefﬁcient homes will help improve the experience for homeowners completing renovations and people choosing a new home. Peace of mind is priceless, and knowing a home has been constructed to meet or exceed the current standards by an experienced and knowledgeable builder will bring comfort to occupants and builders for years to come.
You can ﬁnd out more about the energy efﬁciency rules for new homes, apartments and renovations in your state by contacting the state planning or building authority or your local council. gs
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