Achieve 7-Star Energy Efficiency for Your Home
Expertly guiding homeowners and builders to attain the mandatory 7-Star energy rating, our approach blends compliance with cost-effective sustainability.
7 Star Energy Assessments
- The 2022 National Construction Code (NCC) has increased the minimum energy efficiency rating to 7 Stars for all new Australian homes and apartments.
- These new requirements will see increased levels of specifications which will add to the building costs
- Having the home assessed by an experienced and qualified assessor is critical to ensure the most cost-effective outcome is achieved
Achieving 7 Stars will require higher levels of specification
- Increase insulation
- Improved window performance i.e. double glazing
- Reduce the amount of glazing to avoid heat loss and heat gain
- Selecting the correct orientation to maximise the benefits of passive solar
- Selecting the right external colours for the specific climate zone
- Reducing the area of voids to help control temperature
- Increase the number of rooms that can be closed off with internal door
New energy efficiency targets mean increased build costs
The Australian Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Resulting in a dramatic increase in BASIX standards for energy use and thermal performance for all new home builds in New South Wales, and if you’re planning to build a new house, you will need to understand how the changes will affect you.
Changes to Basix (1 October 2023)
One of the key changes to BASIX is the minimum standard of compliance with the Building Code of Australia’s energy eﬃciency requirements, which is being increased from 5 stars to 7 stars in NSW. That means reducing water and energy consumption in measurable ways.
The days of just selecting any block of land and then choosing the house design based on functionality alone are over. It’s critical the correct advice is sought prior to committing to a builder or block of land. That having already purchased a land site and then selecting the wrong design for that site could see the build cost increase by tens of thousands of dollars
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What this means if you are building a new house
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How Frys Energywise can help?
Before you start you start your home build, Frys Energywise, in conjunction with your Builder or Artchitect, can help. They can provide a pre assessment of the house design, so you can be fully aware of the expected costs, before you commit to a building contract. Should your Builder or Architect not currently be partnered with Frys, the team at Frys still have a service available to help you make the right choice for your build
You should act as soon as possible to reduce cost increases
Talk to your Builder or Architect and check to ensure they are partnered with Frys Energywise to take advantage of this critical per assessment process, alternatively complete an enquiry form to find out more and we will repoind within 24 hours to arrange a time to discuss your needs.
“As a manager who has multiple staff using the Frys EnergyWise service, I find it extremely easy to manage my team knowing that they will receive timely and accurate reports and assessments”
– Sekisui House
“We have been utilising the services of Fry’s Energywise for several years. Their rapid turnaround of our volume housing product greatly assists us in meeting marketing demands and expediting approvals.”
– Village Building Company
“Ian Fry’s team has provided a terrific service for our company. His timeframe and service have always been in line, if not exceeded our expectations.”
– Masterton Homes
“Frys Energywise is a competent and reliable BASIX consultancy partner for Sunland Group, helping us achieve sustainable home design for our projects in NSW.”
– Sunland Group
“Always provides our company with good service & quick turnaround time and competitive rates, and is always available to reply to any questions our staff may have.”
– Wisdom Homes
“Ian and his team have a good understanding of the residential housing industry, which ensures our energy compliance is both timely and cost effective. Their experience and technical advice is a valuable asset to our business.”
– Clarendon Homes
“Designing homes can be a challenging exercise – as the best views from a site may not be the best orientation. Thanks to Ian and the team at Frys Energywise, Dawsonvu can always guarantee optimising best solar practice whilst exploiting the best views from the site thanks to their knowledge on energy assessments.”