6 Star Energy Ratings and Artificial Lighting Requirements

Feb 7 12:22 2012 Nathan Peart Print This Article

In summary the new 6 star energy rating regulations will mean a change to the way builders, architects and building designers conduct their business. To ensure a smooth transition, the integration of energy ratings into your system needs to be thought out before it is mandatory.

May 1st 2012 is when the minimum star rating required for residential projects will be increased to 6 stars.

There has been a lot of work going into investigating the effects this will have on the building industry ,Guest Postingto ensure the changes required to building processes can be met without disruption or excessive cost.

However there is more to complying with the new energy efficiency regulations than just getting a 6 star rating from the House Energy Rating Software. The BCA has included other clauses which must be complied with, in addition to the assessment performed by your energy rating assessor.

In this article we will look at complying with the Artificial Lighting regulation - BCA Vol 2

In essence this regulation states that there is a maximum amount of lighting allowed for any specific area.

Maximum Lighting Allowances

The maximum wattage allowed for each area are:

5W/m² in a Class 1 Building

4W/m² on a verandah or balcony attached to a class 1 building

3W/m² in a class 10 Building.


Area Name


Maximum Wattage

Total Wattage

Main House



950 Watts




100 Watts




20 Watts




108 Watts

These totals are not able to be averaged over the house. So if you took a 50w light fitting you would only be able to have 19 fittings for inside the house. 2 Fittings for the Alfresco, 2 for the garage and a single 20w fitting for the Balcony.

Advice is still being sought from The Building Commission to clarify that the wattage of the globe can be used as opposed to the maximum rating of the fitting.

When an Energy Rating is done for you ensure the lighting calculations are included in the process.

This can be done by providing you with a compliance report that nominates the maximum wattage allowable and removes the need to provide an electrical plan which may vary. This compliance report can be carried through to Pre-start meetings with a calculation section included to ensure that the maximums are not exceeded during the selection process.

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Nathan Peart
Nathan Peart

Nathan Peart is the Managing Director of Sustainability WA. Sustainability WA specializes in cost effective, efficient energy rating for builders, architects and drafts people and providing advice on the new 6 star energy ratings carries out a Section J compliance and Commercial energy efficiency. For more info, visit www.sustainabilitywa.com.au or call at 08 9537 2000

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