Builders, developers and architects

A Scorecard assessment is an objective way of measuring the energy efficiency of a new home before it is built. It is different to a NatHERS rating because it includes fixed appliances as well as the building’s construction to produce a star rating out of ten.

Sometimes improving the rating by several stars is simply a matter of changing the position of rooms and sometimes it is about increasing the efficiency of the proposed appliances. Scorecard offers the ability to easily input proposed changes to instantly find out the effect on the rating.

Homeowners are asking more and more often about how they can love in an efficient and comfortable home. Now there’s a simple solution.

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Read more on the comparison between Scorecard and NatHERS ratings (.PDF, 211 KB).

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If you would like to discuss your options, contact us on scorecard@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Real estate agents and property managers

Scorecard provides an excellent resource to help in the sale, purchase and rental of residential properties. A high Scorecard rating can help vendors and landlords attract higher prices and great tenants as more and more people want to live in an energy efficient and comfortable home.

Purchasers and renters can have an assessment completed that will show them how comfortable the house is to live in, as well as what upgrades could be undertaken to improve the efficiency and comfort of the home. It’s much like getting a building inspection before you sign on the dotted line: it helps to understand what you’re getting into.

The Scorecard team has rating logos that can be used on advertising boards, print or online marketing. Contact an accredited assessor to start the process.

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More questions?  Contact us on scorecard@delwp.vic.gov.au

Financiers

Mortgages, loans and other finance instruments that offer homeowners advantages for having an energy efficient home or undertaking upgrades to improve the efficiency of their home are emerging as more and more customers express their desire to live in a sustainable and comfortable home.

The Scorecard program offers financiers a simple method of assessing the energy efficiency of a house in a robust and objective way which is backed by government developed software and delivered by accredited and experienced assessors.

Once an assessment has been completed, a certificate is produced that contains several types of information:

  • An overall star rating representing the relative cost of energy to run the fixed appliances
  • Efficiency ratings for each of the fixed appliances
  • A rating with and without solar electricity
  • Greenhouse gas emissions for the fixed appliances per annum
  • Energy consumption for the fixed appliances per annum
  • Resilience of the building to maintain comfort in hot and cold weather without air conditioning.

You can use the Scorecard Variation Report to test the impact of your proposed upgrades. The Variation Report may also be used to support applications for  finance for upgrades that improve energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions or climate adaptation.

Video:  The Scorecard demonstration

If you would like to receive further information about how the Scorecard can assist with determining eligibility for loans, please contact the Scorecard team on scorecard@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Local government

Local government has long been recognised as key to helping residents reduce their energy and water use and lower greenhouse gas emissions as a response to climate change. In addition, all councils have goals related to the health and wellbeing of residents and providing assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged householders who may have trouble living comfortably in their homes because they experience energy hardship.

The Scorecard program is available to the general public and offers a pathway towards improving the energy efficiency and comfort of a home. A number of local governments are already using Scorecard and providing free, subsidised or full price assessments to their residents through a contracted provider.

If you have a residential energy project you think may benefit from using Scorecard, please contact the Scorecard team on scorecard@delwp.vic.gov.au to discuss your options.

Video:  What Scorecard can do for local councils

Fact sheet: Using Scorecard for retrofit programs (.PDF, 268 KB)

Scorecard can also be used to support applications for Environmental Upgrade Finance. Using a rating for an existing house and a Variation Report to test the results of different types of upgrades, Councils can be assured that upgrades will have a tangible and quantifiable environmental benefit, ensuring that annual reporting of energy and emissions reductions are quick and easy.

Community organisations

Community groups that are working towards reducing emissions can use the Scorecard to assist households to identify potential upgrades. The Scorecard produces a certificate that shows a star rating between one and ten that represents the relative cost of running fixed appliances in the home. The certificate also displays the efficiency of each appliance and gives the home a hot and cold weather rating that indicates how easy it is to keep the house comfortable without air conditioning or heating.

The Scorecard offers an objective way of determining the best energy upgrades for each house based on the features of the home and the householder’s individual circumstances. It also gives groups the ability to quantify the outcomes of projects through data reports.

Whether your group is working on small-scale projects or longer term, community-wide programs, the Scorecard can assist in meeting your targets.

To discuss your needs and how Scorecard could assist, contact the Scorecard team on scorecard@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Video: What Scorecard can do for community groups

Fact sheet: Using Scorecard for retrofit programs (.PDF, 268 KB)

Social and disability housing providers

Housing providers can now plan new homes and upgrade existing homes to reduce ongoing energy costs and improve comfort for residents by using the Residential Efficiency Scorecard.

The Scorecard offers an objective way of determining the best energy upgrades for each house based on the features of the home and any specific needs of the residents.

The Scorecard is also able to produce data reports that can assist with planning for future upgrades and maintenance, bulk purchasing of upgrade products, and provides the ability to quantify the outcomes of projects in terms of energy costs, usage, greenhouse gas emissions and comfort levels.

Whether your organisation is working on small-scale, targeted projects or whole of portfolio programs, the Scorecard can assist in meeting your objectives.

Case study: McCallum Disability Services (.PDF, 1.94 MB)

Case study: McCallum Disability Services (.DOCX, 286 KB)

To discuss your needs and how Scorecard could assist, contact the Scorecard team on scorecard@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 13/10/20