How We Can Build Australia’s Future 7 Star Homes

How We Can Build Australia’s Future 7 Star Homes
1 CPD NatHERS Technical

How We Can Build Australia’s Future 7 Star Homes

31/08/2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEST 



In 2022, new 7 Star Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations are due to be introduced for homes throughout Australia. This presentation will discuss the results of a recent detailed research investigation examining a variety of practical measures to meet the 7-Star NatHERS performance band in the major climate zones in Australia.  

Discussion will include: 

  • The comparative performance of traditional brick veneer and lightweight cladding, as well as high performance double stud, cross laminated, reverse brick veneer and Hebel wall systems.  
  • The efficacy and  benefits of greater insulation, in ceiling, floor and wall systems. 
  • The critical importance of window selection including the range of different glazing and frame options and their use in both living and bedroom spaces. 
  • The relative thermal bridging implications on the R value of both lightweight steel and timber framed walls is also discussed. 
  • Finally, a summary of the most cost-effective combinations to meet 7-Star is presented. 

About the Presenter

Dr Philip Christopher is a Research Fellow in Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne and is currently working with a range of industry leaders on prefabricated systems and advancing the thermal performance of the residential housing sector. He specialises in sustainable materials for construction and the thermal performance of building fabric.  Since completing his PhD in 2018, Philip has worked extensively with industry on testing the structural performance of Australian-made cross laminated timber and glulam for the commercial market. Philip is also currenting a theme-coordinator in the Building 4.0 CRC for sustainable materials and design.



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