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6 Star Energy Rating

posted 12 Sept 2011, 18:55 by Peter Jenner   [ updated 12 Sept 2011, 19:00 ]

The introduction of 6 star in Western Australia

The Western Australian Government is committed to efficient use of energy throughout the State.

As part of this commitment, Western Australia is a party to the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) measure to accelerate energy efficiency efforts that are already underway and introduce new measures to improve energy efficiency throughout the economy.

Part of this strategy is to increase the minimum energy efficiency standards for all new buildings in the Building Code of Australia (BCA).  The new provisions were included in the BCA 2010 edition.  This included an increase in the minimum energy efficiency standard for new housing from 5 stars to 6 stars.

From 1 May 2011 the 6 star requirements will be available in Western Australia. However, to allow time for consumers and builders to get used to the new requirements, there will be a 12-month transition period. Over this time the current requirements, as set out in the BCA 2009 edition, will be acceptable.

From 1 May 2012, the 6-star requirements (including lighting efficiency) will be mandatory. The hot water system requirements in the BCA will supersede the 5 Star Plus requirements for hot water systems. The other 5 Star Plus Water Use requirements will still apply.

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