As man continues to evolve, so too does his need for a more sophisticated place of shelter.

The Smart Home is a term we’ve often heard thrown around before, but what is it that has everybody wanting to build one? Although it may seem like we are talking about a world only experienced by the likes of Bill Gates, the smart home is something that almost every new home now affords.

In fact, some states in Australia now enforce that every new home meet a 6-Star Energy Rating.  This basically covers how well a home maintains its indoor temperature without the help of a heater or an air conditioner.
The rating system also takes into account the home’s solar orientation, size and the materials used.  In other words, the smart home is not only safer, but it’s cheaper and easier to run.

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Here’s a quick break down:

What the 6-Star Energy Rating measures?

What do the stars mean?

Why build a home with an energy rating?

Hopefully one day our homes will be able to make us a cappuccino as it hears the sound of our car pull in, but for now we’ll just have to settle for a more energy efficient, cost effective home.  Not a bad compromise really.