The Green Building Council of Australia has launched a sustainability rating for the volume home building industry, which it hopes will be used to cut household energy costs significantly. Under the Green Star Homes Standard, new housing will need to meet criteria for health – including ventilation, insulation, and using minimal toxins in carpets or paint – along with resilience, which includes water efficiency and climate change readiness. As well, “climate positive” measures will be applied, such as being fully electric, draught sealed, energy efficient, and powered by renewables. Read more…

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