Why is a 6 star energy rating required and what does it include?

Improving energy efficiency of buildings is one of the measures taken by the Australian Government to address global warming issues.

As a result on 1st May 2011, the Building Commision introduced regulations for all new dwellings, including dependent persons units, to conform to a 6 star energy rating.This means you will enjoy a better quality and more comfortable, affordable and environmentally sound home.

Standard 6 star inclusions are 'R' rated particle board flooring, R2-5 insulation to walls, R4 insulation to ceiling, perimeter baseboards, and double glazed awning windows (except wet areas).