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Federal building ministers have voted to increase minimum energy standards for new homes, mandating a 7-star minimum under the National Construction Code.

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) has welcomed the decision, which could deliver householders and renters healthier, more comfortable homes, while saving up to $576 each year on their energy bills.

EEC Chief Executive Officer, Luke Menzel, said momentum was building towards net-zero homes.

“Today’s decision means householders will save energy, reduce emissions and lower their bills. New 7-star houses need less energy to stay comfortable, meaning a win for households and a win for the climate,” Mr Menzel said. 

As part of a broad coalition of industry and civil society groups, the EEC congratulated Building Ministers on their leadership, but notes that further increases in the energy performance of new buildings will be required.

“This is the first step in the trajectory towards houses that are ready for net zero. There’s more work to be done in making sure Australians are housed in affordable, energy efficient and climate-safe buildings – but we know it’s a challenge we can meet,” Mr Menzel said.

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