Navigating the Energy Efficiency Maze: The Role of NatHERS Assessments

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In an era where energy efficiency is paramount, building and sustaining a green home is no longer an option; it’s a necessity. Understanding the significance of energy efficiency assessments is crucial for a homeowner or builder. Energy Advance has been at the forefront, prepping clients for the reforms introduced in the 2022 National Construction Code. Here’s the inside scoop from Claude-Francois Sookloll, our director at Energy Advance, on the vital role of NatHERS assessments in building energy-efficient homes.

Essential Quality Checks:
Unfortunately, not all assessors stand on equal footing. The market is fraught with non-accredited assessors offering subpar services. The key is partnering with an accredited assessor well-versed in energy efficiency requirements.
As well as being ISO Accredited, we maintain accreditation through various industry bodies. Maintaining membership with these accrediting organisations involves rigorous ongoing training and being subject to random third-party audits. In addition, having the most rigorous Quality Assurance program helps ensure all our assessments are of the highest quality.

Decoding NatHERS Assessment:
You might wonder, “What is a NatHERS Assessment, and why is it so crucial?” NatHERS stands for Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme. It comprehensively evaluates your home’s energy efficiency compared to the required standards. With soaring utility bills and a collective movement towards sustainability, achieving a NatHERS 6.0-star rating guarantees compliance and a comfortable living space throughout the year.

How to Spot a Genuine NatHERS Assessment?
A genuine NatHERS assessment is affiliated with the federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources. So, how do you ensure you’re getting an authentic NatHERS Assessment? The certificates come with a QR code, which leads you to an online version. Additionally, the NatHERS Logo is prominently displayed. These features are quintessential to ensure your assessment’s legitimacy.

The Perks of Partnering with Accredited Local Experts:
At Energy Advance, we believe in blending expertise with top-notch service. We don’t outsource our assessments. Our team, operating from our local Wangara office, boasts in-depth knowledge of WA’s culture and lifestyle. Our rigorous training ensures that each assessment is undertaken with utmost precision and commitment.

Our customised solutions are tailored to meet governmental requirements, and we offer several recommendations for homes falling below the threshold. Our success is rooted in our dedication to cost-effective, client-centred outcomes and unrivalled service.

The Road Ahead:
The National Construction Code’s 2022 reforms are the most significant in a decade, raising the bar to a 7.0-star rating. Energy Advance is committed to helping clients seamlessly adapt to these changes through simulations and presentations for design teams and sales staff. This prepares teams to anticipate a home’s performance before the assessment.

Closing Thoughts:
As we move into a future where energy efficiency is not just desirable but essential, it’s time to ensure that your home is built to the highest standards and assessed by the best in the business. Equip yourself with the knowledge and partner with experts like Energy Advance to build a sustainable tomorrow.

Author: Claude-Francois Sookloll, Director of Energy Advance

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