Make Your Home More Energy Efficient with the Help of a NatHERS Assessor in Australia
Perhaps you are designing a new home with plans of building from scratch, or maybe you are ready to launch a renovation project on your existing home. Either way, thinking about electricity and energy efficiency is something that could save you a lot of money and hassle in the future. At Certified Energy, we specialise in helping homeowners, designers, architects, engineers, and contractors achieve superior environmental sustainable design or ESD. As NatHERS assessors in Australia, we can help you determine where you stand on energy efficiency now and how you can get to a more sustainable place.
The Need for a NatHERS Assessment
You may not be familiar with NatHERS, but you have probably encountered it once or twice before. NatHERS stands for ‘Nationwide House Energy Rating System.’ It is the system that Australia’s National Construction Code uses as the standard for energy efficiency (and more specifically, thermal performance) in single-dwelling homes. All new construction homes in Australia must score at least a 6 on the NatHERS scale (out of a possible score of 10) to be compliant with government standards.
If you are planning a renovation, you must also be conscious of the NatHERS scale—hence the need for a NatHERS assessment. If you live in an older home, there is a good chance that your dwelling does not meet the NCC’s so-called ‘6 Star Standard.’ Homeowners of older dwellings have not been required to retrofit their residences to bring them up to the 6 Star Standard. However, if you are renovating your home, building an addition, or making any alterations, then you will also need to bring your home into compliance with the 6 Star Standard.
Simply meeting the NatHERS standard is enough for some builders, designers, and renovation contractors. After all, government regulations only require homes to score a 6 out of 10 on the NatHERS scale. However, if sustainability is a priority for you and your family, then you might wish to score even higher on NatHERS. Every higher star rating delivers annual energy bill savings of approximately 25-30%. In other words, if your home scores an 8 instead of a 6, you could save as much as 60% on your annual electricity spending.
NatHERS focuses mostly on an area where most Australian families spend a lot of money: heating and cooling. Inefficient homes cost a fortune to heat in the winter and cool in summer, thanks to designs and build materials that don’t prevent heat transfer. If you are renovating, then hiring a NatHERS assessor can tell you where on the scale your home currently sits. Knowing this information can focus your attention on the right renovations to improve efficiency. If you are designing a new home, then a NatHERS assessor can help you (and your design and engineering team) understand how to obtain higher ratings.
Hire Certified Energy as Your NatHERS Assessor in Australia
Inefficient homes cost a fortune over the lifetime of ownership. Protect your wallet and the environment by investing in a more efficient home. Whether it’s a new build or a renovation, Certified Energy can provide you with a thorough NatHERS assessment in Australia.