With the new NatHERs minimum set to change to a 7-star energy rating, you may be wondering how to go about building a new house that meets the target. 

If you didn’t already know, the NatHERs website has free plans for your next build. The plans are designed to help you achieve a minimum 7-star energy rating. 

With 3 designs to choose from, NatHERs recommends that you apply the key principles in your next build rather than copy the designs. This is because each site is different to another and will require a level of customisation to achieve a high energy rating. 

The Your Home website contains various design packs that are designed by architects and energy assessors to create a 7-star minimum home.

Acacia House- 2 Bedroom

This house offers two courtyards that offer lots of natural light and sun-filled living areas. 

a house featuring an outdoor car port and large windows


Banksia House- 3 Bedroom + Study

With three generous bedrooms and a separate study, this house will suit couples or families.

House with a sloping roof and a carport


Telopea House- 4 Bedroom

This two-storey, 4-bed 3 bath house suits growing families. The orientation of this house places north to the side of the block.

two story house with a car port

Jamie Bonnefin

Written by Jamie Bonnefin

Jamie is the Director of Australia's leading ESD consultancy, Certified Energy. Jamie is a Green Star sustainability leader, NABERS assessor and accredited ABSA and BDAV Assessor. With over 15 years of experience in Sustainable Design in the built environment industry, Jamie is passionate about his work.