Energy Smart Homes

Energy Smart Homes cost less in energy use, are more comfortable to live in, and reduce pollution to the environment. It is envisaged they will become a marketing advantage when the house is sold. An Energy Smart Home uses building orientation, wall and ceiling insulation, colour of materials, shading, ventilation and natural lighting to save energy.

Minimum energy ratings are applied to the building envelope and the hot water system for each new home, flat and to major renovations or additions. All new residential development must have a minimum 3.5 star energy rating for the building envelope and a 3.5 star energy rating for the hot water system.

There are three energy rating techniques for the building envelope, these are:

  1. Deemed to Comply Certificate;
  2. Ballina Shire Council Energy Rating Scorecard; or
  3. A NatHERS Certificate.

All hot water systems except Electric Hot water systems have a 3.5 star energy rating.

For more information on the Energy Smart Homes Policy or how the hot water rebate system works contact council@ballina.nsw.gov.au or:


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