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6 Star energy rating with smart design

From 1 May 2011, all new homes, home renovations, alterations and additions will need to comply with a 6 Star Standard.

The 6 Star Standard applies to the thermal performance of a home, renovation or addition; plus the installation of either a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank for toilet flushing.

Some simple building work, not requiring a building permit, will not be affected by the new regulations. However all new homes and building projects, involving home extensions and major renovations, will need to comply with 6 Star.

A 6 Star energy efficiency rating applies to your home's building envelope - its roof, walls, floor and windows.

Meeting 6 Star compliance is not difficult - it's about good design, particularly at the planning stages.

Visit the Building Commission web site for more information.

Here are some simple ways to combine smart design with rating ease:

» orientation, room planning and placement
» insulation
» recommended sub-floor detail
» windows and glazing approaches

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