Government’s Switched on Energy Move

ALL Australian homes will have to undergo a mandatory energy-efficiency assessment – costing up to $1500 per property – before they can be sold or rented under new laws to tackle carbon emissions.

We don’t understand why the whole green agenda is still being pushed. Why Obama has planned the budget around taxes (The Cap & Trade Agreement Treaty) that we have not yet adopted. This is a small taste of what the fake “Man made global warming” scheme will bring to your home.

The mandatory assessment – being drafted into law by the federal and state governments – will rate homes by an energy efficiency star system, similar to the ratings given to fridges and washing machines.

It will apply to all commercial properties from later this year and to all residential properties from May 2011, Adelaide Now reports.

A spokesman for State Energy Minister Pat Conlon said the ratings would inform prospective owners or tenants of a building’s energy use, so they could factor it in to their buying or rental decision.

The spokesman said details of the “Mandatory Disclosure” scheme – including who would carry out the assessments and how much they would cost – were yet to be decided.

Energy efficiency expert Arthur Grammatopoulos, of Helica Architecture, said rating properties could cost up to $1500 per house.

“I think this is a positive move for the industry but the question has to be asked, will there be enough experts to cope with demand when the law is introduced?” he said.

A similar scheme with a six-star rating has been operating in the Australian Capital Territory’s property market for several years.

Queensland’s State Government introduced a mandatory Sustainability Declaration form on January 1, requiring homeowners to declare their property’s green credentials to prospective buyers or risk a $2000 fine.

Mandatory disclosure has been criticised by property experts as an unwarranted expense that will not influence purchasing decisions or cut household pollution.

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