Minimum Energy Standard Still Not Good Enough

A new study published in The Conversation finds that Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard, which is six stars under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) still way below the minimum set for most developed countries.

The average rating of 6.2 stars has not changed since 2016, making the transition to a low-energy and low-carbon economy more challenging and expensive with the rising cost of energy. Interestingly enough the only state that has improved is ACT, which is the only state with mandatory disclosure of the energy rating on sale or lease of property, informing consumers and empowering them to improve performance.

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