National Scorecard Field Trial
Scorecard assessments are available in Victoria now and a national version of the Scorecard tool (the National Scorecard) and assessor processes will be field tested during 2021. This means there are opportunities for assessors and householders across Australia to participate!
For potential assessors outside of Victoria, round 1 of an Expression of Interest process is open from 1 December 2020 until close of business on 15 December 2020. If sufficient successful applications are received in Round 1, there will be no additional rounds at this stage.
The Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments are funding the extension of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) to include existing homes. The NatHERS Administrator is examining the Scorecard program to inform how NatHERS could be extended to support in-home assessments for existing homes.
The results of the field trial will inform the work to extend NatHERS and include consideration of a national rollout of the National Scorecard tool from mid-2021, ahead of the National Scorecard seeking accreditation under NatHERS for existing homes.
To be involved and/or for further information click here:
Important news: In-home activities to resume in Victoria
On 9 June the Victorian Government announced changes to restrictions across Victoria from 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June.
In-home assessments can recommence at occupied and unoccupied premises in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
All program participants should keep up to date with announcements through www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au and comply with the government’s latest advice on health, hygiene and physical distancing requirements. Masks are required to be worn both indoors and outdoors.
New ways to fund home upgrades
There are some new ways to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home if you don’t have the funds up front. Some banks now offer lower interest rates if you are planning to upgrade your home or buy a new higher performing home. There is a double benefit, you get a home that is more comfortable, lower cost to run and you get a better interest rate. There is also a new home upgrade loan which can be paid off through your council rates called Environmental Upgrade Finance.
The Residential Efficiency Scorecard makes the process easy for both options. A Scorecard assessor uses the government supported Scorecard tool to see what upgrades bring the biggest benefits to save money on your energy bill. The assessor provides you with upgrade options to choose from and a Scorecard certificate that is used to help access the loan. Victoria is leading by opening the way to pay a home performance upgrade loan through your council rates. This can be a good option, especially if you may sell your home in a few years, as the loan is attached to the property. This means those that benefit from the upgrade pay for the upgrade.
New bank loans for energy efficient homes
New bank loans to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home are now available
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.
Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more
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.
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: 11/06/21