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Outcome of an energy assessment

An energy assessment predicts how much energy would be required to cool and heat a dwelling over a year based on the thermal performance of its building shell. It only deals with the thermal performance of the building, and does not include energy use from its fixtures and appliances (e.g. air conditioners and fridges).

The 2 most common assessment methods used to determine the energy equivalence of residential buildings (houses and units) are:

Other assessment options include:

Extra optional credits

In Queensland, a building can be awarded optional credits when the dwelling includes a photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system (for houses and townhouses) and an outdoor living area (for houses, townhouses and units). These credits can be used towards compliance of the building's energy rating.

The 6-star housing and 5-star multi-unit residential building requirements are regulated through the Queensland Development Code 4.1—Sustainable buildings.

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