Green houses to reduce emissions

An online resource that goes hand-in-hand with new energy efficiency laws will help Victorians reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Make Your Home was launched today by Building Commissioner Tony Arnel in conjunction with the new energy efficiency laws for home alterations and relocations, which came into effect last week.

The resource, located on the Building Commission’s website, provides Victorians with information and regulatory advice on making their homes greener.

The user-friendly site offers examples of ways to reduce energy and waste and to save water and money. It explains how green products and initiatives, like solar panels, rainwater tanks and the 5 Star standard, contribute to a greener environment while bringing comfort and economic benefits to users.

Mr Arnel said with 40,000 homes anticipated to be renovated, extended or relocated each year, the information would come in handy for residents.

“It is not just regulations that help Victorian homes reduce energy consumption – it is the occupants as well,” he said. 

“Existing households account for one third of Victoria’s energy use. The Make Your Home Green resource, which brings together online sustainability information for consumers, will help many more Victorian households reduce their energy use.”

The State Government made a commitment in its Victorian Greenhouse Policy in June 2005 to require alterations and relocations to achieve the 5 Star energy standard.

All alteration and relocation work that requires a building permit is subject to the new energy efficiency laws. The laws apply to the thermal performance of a home (a 5 Star energy rating for the external walls, floors and roofs of your home) and do not require a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank for toilet flushing, as is the case with a new home. These changes bring Victoria in line with national standards.


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