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Energy Rating Related FAQ

For your latest building remodeling or construction you must be interested to get an energy efficiency assessment for your residential or commercial building. You must have some questions to get a hang of the basics of energy rating process. Here are some frequently asked questions which our experts tried to answer:

What is an energy efficiency rating?

An energy rating is an assessment of a buildings energy use.

What do I need an energy efficiency rating for?

An energy efficiency rating is generally required for all alterations and new builds. If you are interested in lowering your energy use then an energy efficiency rating can be a good start in quantifying a buildings energy use and then planning improvements from there.

How long does it take?

The time taken to complete a report ranges from 3 -16 hours. Our business strives to provide fast turnaround times. From the acceptance of our quotation to the completed report is around 3 working days.

What needs to be done to get one?

Your plans need to be modelled in sophisticated energy rating software to determine the buildings typical energy use.

Is it difficult to get a 6-star energy efficiency rating without professional help?

In a word, yes. Whilst it is possible to specify a build with the required elements to get to 6.0 stars, only a trained professional can confirm the rating and legally provide the required documentation to satisfy relevant authorities.

Are there different standards for commercial buildings as opposed to residential buildings?

The NCC, National Construction Code, allow for different requirements for commercial and residential developments.

When is the ideal time to get an energy efficiency rating?

The best time to engage a Thermal Performance Assessor is when plans are finalized and at the costing stage.

What happens if my application doesn’t reach the standard?

Should we fail to meet the minimum requirements at first pass we will spend as long as it takes to get your project over the line. We are specialists in achieving compliance for the smallest outlay and have innovative solutions for most difficult situations.

What affects the rating? 

Many elements of building design and specification affect the energy rating. Some of these are, in no particular order:

  • Ceiling insulation
  • Wall insulation
  • Downlights (type and number)
  • Floor insulation
  • Roof type
  • Building orientation
  • Proximity to neighbours
  • Floor type
  • Wall construction
  • Climate zone
  • Windows (number, type and glazing)

How exactly does Superior Energy Rating help me to get one?

By providing fast and efficient service Superior Energy Rating can guide you through the process and provide you with all the documentation you require for compliance. Not only that, our keen eye for detail means your build can be completed for less.