Following the lead of New South Wales, which implemented the mandatory 7-star energy performance ratings through BASIX on October 1st, 2023, Victorian and Queensland now must adhere to a Nationwide Housing Efficiency Rating Scheme of 7-stars.

As of May 1st, 2024, both states have adopted this essential policy shift, aligning themselves with the nationwide commitment to enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in residential buildings.



The 7-Star Challenge For Builders 

The transition to mandatory 7-star energy performance ratings poses significant challenges for builders, including:

  1. Increased Costs: Meeting the rigorous standards for a 7-star rating may require substantial investments in high-quality insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and glazing, putting pressure on construction budgets.
  2. Design Adjustments: Achieving a 7-star rating often necessitates design adjustments to optimize energy efficiency, such as layout redesigns, improved ventilation systems, and material selections, which can be time-consuming and costly.
  3. Skilled Workforce: A skilled and knowledgeable workforce is essential to implement the necessary changes and ensure compliance with the new standards, potentially requiring training or hiring specialized professionals.
  4. Material Selection: Selecting the right materials, including high-performance glazing, is crucial but can be more expensive than conventional options, adding to construction costs.

Despite these challenges, the long-term benefits of achieving a 7-star energy performance rating are undeniable. Builders and homeowners can expect reduced energy bills, greater comfort, increased property value, and a smaller environmental footprint, making the transition worthwhile.



The Role of High-Performance Glazing in Achieving 7-Star Performance

High-performance glazing plays a critical role in achieving a high energy performance rating by:

  1. Enhancing Insulation: Minimising heat transfer to maintain a comfortable and stable interior temperature throughout the year.
  2. Reducing Solar Heat Gain: Preventing excessive heat from entering the building during hot summers, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.
  3. Optimising Natural Light: Maximising the use of natural daylight to reduce reliance on artificial lighting.
  4. Minimising Condensation: Reducing the risk of condensation and moisture-related issues to ensure a healthier indoor environment.

Choosing the Right Glazing Solutions To meet the mandatory 7-star energy performance rating, it’s crucial to select the appropriate glazing solutions for construction projects.



Enter the Thermal Star™ Solution

The Thermal Star™ range of aluminium windows and doors is specifically designed to help you achieve affordable 7-star performance. Featuring thermally improved frames, inline reveals and outstanding affordability, the Thermal Star™ range is the ultimate solution for the 7 star change. 

Talk to our team today about getting 7-Star ready, or learn more about the Thermal Star™ range here.

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