If you are planning to sell or rent your property, it is important to obtain a NatHERS (The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme)Assessment. This will provide potential buyers or tenants with information on the energy efficiency of your home. A NatHERSAssessor can provide you with a certificate that will enable your property to be advertised with a Si star rating.
The NatHERSwas introduced in order to encourage Australians to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme assesses the energy performance of a home and assigns it a star rating from 0-10, with 10 being the most energy-efficient.
To achieve a high NatHERSstar rating, homes must be well insulated and have efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems. Many new homes are built to achieve a 6-star rating, but older homes may only achieve a 3-star rating.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home can result in significant savings on your energy bills. It can also make your home more comfortable to live in and increase its resale value.
The NatHERSScheme is a national scheme that covers all states and territories in Australia. In order to be accredited, assessors must complete a course and pass an exam. Once accredited, they are able to issue certificates for both new and existing homes.
Using less energy
Buildings with excellent insulation and solar passive design can assist occupants to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels for heating and cooling. The use of heating and cooling is responsible for the largest portion of household energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.
NatHERS aims to increase the thermal efficiency of existing housing and promote the benefits of high-quality design while also lowering construction costs. NatHERS is used by state and territorial governments to decrease residential buildings’ greenhouse gas impacts, thanks to its inclusion in the National Construction Code.
How to Get the Right House Energy Rating
Choose an evaluator to help you during the building or renovation process, or as a technique for evaluating current homes. Make certain that your assessor is authorised to execute the jobs you require and is independent of your architect or builder. The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors or the Building Designers Association of Victoria will help you find accredited assessors in your area.
While compulsory post-design energy compliance audits will raise efficiency requirements, the upfront expenses would increase.