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6 Star Energy Rating Homes

‘Coz the planet is your home too

We’re builders with a conscience

So, while we make your home beautiful, we’re keeping the planet pretty too. By designing and building new homes guaranteed to meet the NatHERS 6-star energy rating.

All our homes are available in green

At Smart Homes for Living, we build 6-star energy-efficient homes. Correction, It’s all we build.

Because building new homes guaranteed to meet the NatHERS 6-star energy rating is sustainable. And sustainable is smart!

So too is future-proofing. This is why each NatHERS 6-star energy accredited home we build is efficiently designed, sustainably built, and the very best you can get for your future.

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We build with a conscience. Because your home isn’t just Perth, it’s Earth.

Here’s 6 reasons an accredited NatHERS 6-star home is so smart!

Uses around 24%* less energy on heating and cooling compared to a 4 or 5 star home

Reduces artificial cooling/heating

Higher level of energy efficiency

6-star energy rating as standard

Less impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint

Better resale value in the future

*As projected by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia in their publication ‘Your 6-star Guide to building an energy-efficient home’ (2011), in comparison to a 4 or 5 star home. This publication is presently referred to by the Building Commission (WA) and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA). Also, see http://www.vba.vic.gov.au. Images for illustrative purposes only. Builder’s Registration No. 6415.

We build with a conscience. Because your home isn’t just Perth, it’s Earth.

Here’s 6 reasons an accredited NatHERS 6-star home is so smart!

Uses around 24%* less energy on heating and cooling compared to a 4 or 5 star home

Reduces artificial cooling/heating

Higher level of energy efficiency

*As projected by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia in their publication ‘Your 6-star Guide to building an energy-efficient home’ (2011), in comparison to a 4 or 5 star home. This publication is presently referred to by the Building Commission (WA) and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA). Also, see http://www.vba.vic.gov.au. Images for illustrative purposes only. Builder’s Registration No. 6415.

6-star energy rating as standard

Less impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint

Better resale value in the future

*As projected by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia in their publication ‘Your 6-star Guide to building an energy-efficient home’ (2011), in comparison to a 4 or 5 star home. This publication is presently referred to by the Building Commission (WA) and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA). Also, see http://www.vba.vic.gov.au. Images for illustrative purposes only. Builder’s Registration No. 6415.

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One sustainable size doesn’t fit all

Our smarties will evaluate your home’s everything – design, orientation, glazing, neighbouring buildings – making adjustments so your home meets NatHERS extensive rating & testing system.

Here’s just some of the ways we do it:

  • ✓ Energy-efficient window design
  • ✓ Minimum R4.0 ceiling batts
  • ✓ Double brick cavity insulation

Future proof our home

Future proof your home

Not all 6* are created equal

At Smart Homes For Living, we attain NatHERS 6 Star energy ratings for all our homes. You’ll even get a certificate to prove it. This certificate tells the world (hey world!) that one of our NatHERS Accredited Assessors* has dotted the eco ‘I’s and crossed the sustainable ‘t’s on your new home. Frame it how you will!


*Training: Cert IV qualification in NatHERS Assessment, 12 CPD points per year, current PI, regular auditing to ensure assessments meet the NatHERS Protocol.

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It’s time to get smart and picky

The future is in your hands, smartie! This is your chance to build a home with lower energy costs, a higher resale value, that SAVES the planet. Simply select a NatHERS 6* rated design and…that’s it. In case you were wondering, every home we build comes NatHERS 6* rated automatically (and free of charge). But, if you’re not sure ask your builder:

  • Do you provide NatHERS 6 star energy-efficient homes?
  • If not, how much would it cost to make my home meet NatHERS 6 star energy rating?

It’s smart, picky, but gawd it’s worth it.

Want to be even greener?

Check out some of these rather thoughtful Eco Smarts options.

Solar

There’s no shortage of sunshine in WA, so let’s use it, people! We offer the leading brands in solar power, solar hot water and home battery packages. Plug them into your build to save the earth and your wallet!

Rainwater tanks

Water bills? Not fun. Take advantage of our under-eaves rainwater tanks and get a free supply of ‘nature’s finest’ for your washing machine, toilets and yard.

SmartGlass™

We’re in love with SmartGlass™. It reduces the amount of heat that passes through the windows by around 30%. That means your homes stays cooler in summer and warmer in winter. How smart is that?

Cavity Insulation

As well as Australian made batts in every home, we offer the option of cavity insulation that can reduce heat transfer by 50% and shrinks your power bills forever! It also shoooshes rowdy roads and noisy neighbours.

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Sarking

Sarking is like an ultra-snuggly blanket for your roof. Add it to the mix, and your insulation will work even harder – so your air-con can take it easy.

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Ceiling Fans

It doesn’t need to be high-tech to be eco-spec. A simple ceiling fan can make a room feel 4 degrees cooler, and they use about a tenth of the power of an aircon unit. A TENTH! Cool huh?

6☆ Energy FAQ

Here’s a few As to some Qs you may have. 

What is a good energy efficiency rating?

Homes can come in an array of energy ratings, from 4 stars to 7 stars. A 6-star energy rating is mandatory in WA and, as NatHERS is the only system approved in WA to assess a home’s energy rating, a NatHERS 6 star rating the number to meet or beat! If you achieve the almighty six stars, which you will if you build with Smart, you’ll end up with a home that’s naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter – and use up to 24% less energy*. Smart, huh.


*As projected by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia in their publication ‘Your 6-star Guide to building an energy-efficient home’ (2011), in comparison to a 4 or 5 star home. This publication is presently referred to by the Building Commission (WA) and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA). Also, see http://www.vba.vic.gov.au. Images for illustrative purposes only. Builder’s Registration No. 6415.

So, NatHERS…What does that stand for again?

NatHERS stands for the ‘Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme’. Try saying that quickly ten times! At its heart, its a star system that rates the energy efficiency of a home, based on its design. The system makes sure that homes meet the mandatory energy efficiency requirements as outlined in the National Construction Code.

Srry, it’s all getting a bit techie now; buttttt when a home meets NatHERS 6* rating, you can be sure it’s been comprehensively reviewed by an accredited assessor using accredited NatHERS software, and optimised by the builder to deliver all the efficiency goods. Goods like: less energy usage, a reduced carbon footprint, and better resale value.

What are the key features of an energy-efficient house?

An energy-efficient home is a NatHERS 6-star home! Here are some of the features considered when building one:

  • Climate
    In Perth there are four climate zones (Caversham, Gidgegannup, Alkimos, and Baldivis) each with their own energy loads and considerations.
  • Construction systems
    Roof choice, ceiling insulation, flooring type, glazing thickness, construction method (ie. brick) all affect a home’s internal environment.
  • Orientation
    Orientation is the single biggest impact on a home’s energy rating. A north orientation is best, as it will allow the greatest amount of natural light and heat to enter home during the winter, and preventing direct sunlight entering during summer.

What are the benefits of energy efficiency?

There’s a lot to fuss about a NatHERS 6 star energy-efficient home. It’s all about sustainability – for your budget, our state, and our beautiful planet. Let’s check out the 6-star smarts:

  • Your 6-star home uses 24% less energy compared to a 4-5-star home*
  • Reduces artificial cooling and heating
  • Results in a higher level of energy efficiency
  • Provides less impact on the environment by reducing the carbon footprint
  • Generates a better resale value in the future


*As projected by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia in their publication ‘Your 6-star Guide to building an energy-efficient home’ (2011), in comparison to a 4 or 5 star home. This publication is presently referred to by the Building Commission (WA) and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA). Also, see http://www.vba.vic.gov.au. Images for illustrative purposes only. Builder’s Registration No. 6415.

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