How does the Star Rating System work for Houses?

on 01 December 2014
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Many people are familiar with the Star Ratings on major electrical appliances such as fridges, washing machines and air-conditioners.  These rate how energy efficient the appliance is to run.

Do building Star Ratings work in the same way?  

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What are the benefits to Homeowners of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)?

on 01 November 2014
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In recent years, the Australian Government has introduced legislation requiring all new homes, and even new rooms added to existing homes, achieve a Six Star Energy Efficiency Rating.

Is this just more red tape for the building and construction industry, or is there actual benefit to the homeowner?

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