More changes to the Healthy Homes Act - Effective April 2022


Changes to the heating standards will generally enable smaller heating devices to be installed in homes built to the 2008 building code requirements for insulation and glazing apartments.

The Government has made changes to the heating standard for new homes built to the 2008 building code requirements for insulation and glazing and apartments, through amendments to the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 expected to come into effect in April 2022.

The updated formula for the heating calculating of these building types will ensure tenants can benefit from a living room that can be heated to 18 degrees on the coldest day of the year by using the assumed external temperature assumptions for the location in section 2 of the healthy homes standards.

Private landlords of new homes built to the 2008 building code requirements for insulation and glazing and apartments will benefit from a revised deadline to meet the heating standard.

The 90-day compliance period will not start until 6 months after the changes come into effect.

The Government has also agreed to provide for more flexibility and cater for properties with innovative and energy-efficient technologies.

Developers can access an alternative route to complying with the heating standard as many developers engage a heating specialist and that person can be used for design and compliance purposes.

And where qualifying heaters were installed prior to 1 July 2019, the electric heater ‘top up’ allowance has increased from 1.5kw to 2.4 KW and the trigger point changes from 90% of the heating capacity already installed to 80% thus allowing the top-up.

These changes apply to dwellings built to the 2008 Buiding Code requirements for insulation and glazing, including properties renovated throughout to meet these standards and also apartments of at least three stories and 6 units or more.


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