Darwin Living Lab House Comfort Ratings

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and CSIRO are working together on a Darwin Living Lab project to develop new voluntary comfort ratings for Darwin residential building designs.

Current energy ratings assess energy use when air conditioners are in use. The new comfort ratings will assess the comfort of Darwin living room and bedroom designs when no air conditioning is used.

The comfort ratings will:

  • complement the current energy ratings used to demonstrate compliance with National Construction Code energy efficiency requirements
  • be for voluntary use for design optimisation
  • be provided for Darwin postcodes in future releases of CSIRO’s accredited nationwide House energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) software, AccuRate
  • be encouraged for integration into other accredited NatHERS software providers.

Industry and community opportunities to discuss the project include:

  • A project presentation and workshop at the Darwin Living Lab Symposium on 3 August 2022.
  • Industry and community project presentations:
    • Early in 2023 to discuss the proposed comfort rating methodology and examples of comfort ratings achieved by different designs
    • Late in 2023 for stakeholders to report back on learnings from the use of the voluntary comfort ratings.

For more information

Visit research.csiro.au/darwinlivinglab/.


DIPL Project Manager Johanna Kieboom 
email: Johanna.Kieboom@nt.gov.au
Call: 08 8999 2506.

Last updated: 17 August 2022

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