Opportunity to shape home energy rating scheme

Community housing organisations have the opportunity to help shape the development of a home energy rating scheme for existing homes and take advantage of opportunities to access capital to undertake energy upgrades within their portfolios.

As part of the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council, comprising the national, state and territory energy ministers, has agreed to national initiatives that improve the energy efficiency of the housing sector.

One of the initiatives is to deliver a home energy rating scheme for existing homes by mid-2021 that leverages the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and accommodates energy rating tools. Currently NatHERS is primarily used for new homes, so extending it to existing homes will provide a national rating system for all homes.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is leading this initiative with a project that aims to identify the needs of key markets – such as the social housing sector – and how the proposed extension of NatHERS to existing homes could meet those needs.

This process will inform the design of the scheme and encourage early voluntary adoption.

Key institutional stakeholders, including the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), will be involved in the project, which will also support the social housing sector to better understand opportunities for energy upgrades within their existing portfolios and highlight additional mechanisms available to access capital.

The NSW Department is starting its engagement with Community Housing Organisations (CHOs) with an industry workshop early July.

For details, and to register your interest in participating in the upcoming workshop, contact James Erickson.