Energy efficiency

New homes and renovations

If you are planning on building a new home or renovating, you will need to ensure that the project complies with a 6 Star Standard as per the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

Houses with a higher star levels are considered more thermally comfortable than those of a lower star levels. Those rated at 10 stars are considered thermally comfortable without the need for artificial heating and cooling. A six star rating indicates good, but not outstanding, thermal performance and does not reflect best practice standard.

Projects that do not require a building permit are not required to meet a 6 Star Standard.

For more information, talk to a qualified builder or see: Victorian Building Authority

Commercial buildings

Energy efficiency requirements also apply to new commercial buildings and those being refurbished, altered or extended.

By improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, there can be significant savings on energy bills and building maintenance costs.

For more information, see: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency