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New houses better built to withstand climate change

Michael McLaren

Davina Rooney, Chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), regarding the release of their Green Star certification that’s set to transform the residential home building market and reduce household energy costs by 75%.

 

The GBCA is calling on the volume home building industry to adopt the Green Star Homes Standard certification system now, ahead of a planned consumer release in 2022.

“The Green Star Homes Standard is a game-changer that will bring more liveable, marketable, climate positive new homes within reach of everyday Australians,” said Davina Rooney, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia.

 

“We know the energy rating of our fridge, but not of our biggest asset – our home. This certification is designed to change that.”

 

The GBCA Green Star certification is the world’s first mass market residential climate positive certification.  To be certified under the Standard, homes will have to meet criteria that make them:

  • Healthy: ventilated, insulated, with minimal toxins in carpets or paint.
  • Resilient: water efficient and climate change ready.
  • Climate positive: fully electric, draught sealed, energy efficient, and powered by renewables.

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