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of suspended timber floors and lightweight
issues and ways to achieve 6 Star
rating in Victoria.
While the existing 6 Star Energy Rating requirements for new homes built in Victoria consider the impact of the house's operational energy (heating and cooling), broader environmental and consumer benefits of lightweight timber construction should not be ignored.
Intrinsic benefits that come with 6 Star timber sub-floor homes are the use of a low embodied energy building material, sustainably managed and renewable forest resource as well as avoiding high impact cut & fill methods.
Under new and revised 6 Star Energy Rating software (based on the second
generation AccuRate software), such as FirstRate5,
most homes with raised timber sub-floors can easily achieve 6 stars through
simple, smart design and good construction methods, giving home owners the
best of both worlds – a light environmental impact and a thermally
comfortable 6 Star home.