|Introducing the National Energy Performance Strategy
The rising cost of inflation and energy prices has sparked a renewed national conversation about energy reform. We encourage you to have your say on the Government’s draft National Energy Performance Strategy a framework to guide Commonwealth action to assist with energy affordability. The consultation closes on 3 February.
Australian Building Codes Board webinars
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will be presenting a series of industry webinars in in March 2023 to help improve knowledge and understanding of the NCC 2022. The NatHERS team will be supporting the ABCB with the events focused on the changes to energy efficiency requirements and how to comply with them. Find out more here.
NatHERS in apartments
A review of NatHERS performance for apartments will begin in 2023 to help refine software and improve assessments for the growing number of apartments constructed in Australia. This review will seek to validate or distinguish the assumptions used in relation to the way people live in a stand-alone house, compared to an apartment. This could include how often people are at home, when they turn on their heating or cooling, whether they can, or do open and close windows, and how often they choose to cook. We look forward to these findings improving NatHERS into the future as the number of apartment buildings and occupants continue to grow year on year.
National Disclosure Framework
The Commonwealth, states and territories are working to deliver a National Framework for the Disclosure of Residential Energy Efficiency Information by mid-2023. The Framework will help establish policy and the appropriate market environment to support the roll out of disclosure schemes across Australia. Disclosure will help home owners and renters understand the energy performance of their home, so they can make informed choices about upgrades.
NatHERS will also continue to expand in late 2023 to include voluntary energy assessments of established homes, which will not require house plans or building specifications. The new assessments will help householders better understand their home’s energy performance, while also identifying upgrades to improve comfort, and help reduce energy bills.
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