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Proposed 2012 Energy Rating Scheme
August 14th 2011
In 2012 the federal government is aiming to introduce mandatory energy star ratings for homes being sold, built or rented out. The change is set to drop values of less energy efficient homes such as older homes or bigger than average homes.
Under the favoured system, vendors, builders and landlords would have to pay about $200 to have their property assessed and given an energy rating. A federal government study into a similar ACT scheme operating since 1999, which rates properties out of 10 stars, found a one-star difference affected selling prices by 3 per cent. Based on the median house prices in the Melbourne area a one-star variation would equal $17,700 and a three-star variation would equal $53,100.
A higher energy rating will mean greater resale potential so many new home builders are looking into energy efficient insulations, heating systems and electrical systems. Solar panels are becoming more and more popular to help with energy efficiency and will greatly increase a homes energy rating.
Home Innovations will be holding a free Enviro Seminar on Saturday August 20th at 1-2:30pm (click here to register) to help new builders or buyers understand their energy footprint and to talk about some of the different types of environmentally friendly energy systems that your home can benefit from.