Scorecard Goes National
Households across Australia can now reduce their energy bills, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve home comfort after the Residential Efficiency Scorecard received endorsement under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
The National Scorecard Initiative, which builds on the Victorian Government’s successful state-based Residential Efficiency Scorecard Program, will facilitate a nationally consistent approach for assessing existing homes. It was first piloted nationally in 2019 and further trialled in 2021. This new voluntary 'in home' assessment is extending NatHERS to all homes, as part of a joint initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
Currently endorsed by NatHERS, the National Scorecard Initiative is expected to be fully accredited and phased into NatHERS in 2022. Until this occurs, all elements of the National Scorecard Initiative, including the assessment tool, assessor training and assessor accreditation, will continue to be delivered by the Victorian Government on behalf of all Australian governments.
For further information about NatHERS 'in home' assessments see https://www.nathers.gov.au/InHome
To view the Media Release see https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorian-home-energy-scorecard-rating-goes-national
New ways to fund home upgrades
Some banks now offer lower interest rates if you are planning to upgrade your home or build or buy a highly energy efficient home. This is a win win, you get a home that is more comfortable, with lower energy bills, and you get a better interest rate.
To download the fact sheets on the home loans click below:
- Low Energy Loans Fact Sheet (PDF, 437 KB)
- Low Energy Loans Fact Sheet (accessible document, Word, 2.59 MB)
See this media release for more information or search online for low (or clean) energy bank loans for homes.
Did you know that homes with higher energy ratings sell for more?
An article has been published on The Conversation by Daniel Daly, a research fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (University of Wollongong) which covers research that shows how homes with higher energy ratings sell for more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions
A range of public health measures have been put in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
All program participants should be aware of, and follow, all restrictions in their jurisdiction and adjust their occupational health and safety plans as appropriate. For more information see the state or territory government website in your location.
Scorecard 2019 Report
The Scorecard programme produces one of the largest datasets of home energy cost and comfort in Victorian homes.
A report has been released with the first analysis of this data, including summaries of home performance, programme benefits and outcomes.
Page last updated: 10/12/21