Top 10 tips to improve the thermal performance of buildings

by | Aug 25, 2016 | NatHERS

Somewhat surprisingly, NatHERS isn’t in the news every second day of the week. Most people know little about it and have only come across NatHERS as part of the design or build of a new house. So I set out to find out what is out there. I’ve scoured the web to find the latest thinking and ideas on NatHERS and NatHERS Assessment and I’ve compiled them together for you in this Top 10 list.

10. Five Ways to Avoid Double Glazing On Your Next NatHERS Project

This post addresses one of the most commonly asked questions by clients – how do I avoid the extra cost of using double glazing.

Five ways to avoid double glazing

9. How to Increase Your NatHERS Star Rating for Free

A common question that I often get asked is “how do I improve the NatHERS star rating without spending more money?” This article shows you how.

How to Increase Your NatHERS Star Rating for Free

8. Design Tips for a 6 Star NatHERS Energy Rating

Many low cost changes can be made a the design stage can result in a significant improvement in thermal performance. This article provide a number of design tips to do just that.

Design Tips for a 6 Star NatHERS Energy Rating

7. Does NatHERS really work in the Tropics?

Emperors and Speedos? This article is a must read for those conducting assessments in Northern Australia.

The Emperor’s new Speedos: how home energy ratings really work in the tropics

6. NatHERS: Is the glass half empty?

This article identifies a number of frustrations with the current NatHERS system and suggests that we take stock and make a range of improvements.


5. Response to NatHERS: Are we on the Road to Ruin?

The Australian Windows Association hits back at the article above (6. NatHERS: Is the glass half empty) and dispels a few common myths and misunderstandings.

NatHERS: Are we on the Road to Ruin?

4. NatHERS or NABERS? Which will be first for a new resi rating tool?

According to industry insiders development of a NABERS tool that can be
applied to existing multi-residential buildings is in the works. This article spills the beans on what is happening.

NatHERS or NABERS? Which will be first for a new resi rating tool?

3. Frustration with NatHERS sparks new verification body

Frustration with NatHERS sparks new verification body

2. Energy star ratings for homes? Good idea, but it needs some real estate flair

Some interesting research on the perspective of home buyers.

Energy star ratings for homes? Good idea, but it needs some real estate flair

1. Corruption, collusion, ignorance driving “mediocre” building performance in Australia

An explosive article that examines some of the key findings and recommendations from Phase 1 of the Energy Efficient Building review. The report found that designers were often advocates for energy
efficiency however, the vast majority of consumers, with the exception
of a few clients, held little value for energy
efficiency issues.

Corruption, collusion, ignorance driving “mediocre” building performance in Australia

Further information on the project can be found here.

NatHERS Explainer Video

Whilst not an article, I did come across the explainer video recently produced by the NatHERS National policy area. Its not bad and could be helpful for your clients. Check it out on the NatHERS home page here.

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