The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has released new free house designs to support homebuilders and industry to design comfortable, energy-efficient homes. Access the Design For Place home plans on the website. 

Design For Place home designs are based on smart energy-efficient design principles and use shading, ventilation and thermal mass to make them more comfortable throughout the year. 

They have been designed by an architect in collaboration with an energy assessor and have variations to suit a range of Australian climates. Each home plan achieves an energy rating of 7 stars or more under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)

The new designs build on the success of the first Design For Place home design, released in 2015. There is now a suite of three base designs available; a single storey two-bedroom townhouse (the Acacia), a single storey three-bedroom home (the Banksia), and a double storey four-bedroom home (the Telopea).

Each Design For Place plan comes with a helpful design pack demonstrating what a well-designed, energy-efficient house can look like. The pack contains information to support discussions with architects, designers or builders. 

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