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Specifications

The base specifications for each climate zone are listed below and should be read in conjunction with the information on star ratings and variations. For even better energy efficiency and thermal performance you may wish to consider the higher specifications outlined there.

The base specifications include details of floors, ceilings, roof, external and internal walls, draught sealing and windows. For more information, particularly in regard to any modifications to the design, talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

NOTE: A printable version for each location is available and should be provided to your architect, designer or builder along with copies of the plans and elevations, and the relevant star ratings and variations to achieve a NatHERS 7 star (or higher) rating for your climate zone.

Adelaide

NatHERS Climate Zone 16

Adelaide specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on ground
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R4.1 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Surfmist®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm  plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm  plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm  single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm  plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Brisbane

NatHERS Climate Zone 10

Brisbane specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on ground
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R3.5 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Surfmist®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R1.0 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R1.0 insulation
  • 10 mm  plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Ceiling fans

  • 1400 mm diameter ceiling fans
  • 1 in each bedroom and study
  • 2 in the dining/living area

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Cairns

NatHERS Climate Zone 32

Cairns specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on ground
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R3.5 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Classic Cream®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • 190 mm concrete block

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 90 mm concrete block - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Ceiling fans

  • 1400 mm diameter ceiling fans
  • 1 in each bedroom and study
  • 2 in the dining/living area

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Canberra

NatHERS Climate Zone 24

Canberra specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on 300 mm waffle pods
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R4.1 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Windspray®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Darwin

NatHERS Climate Zone 01

Darwin specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on ground
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R3.5 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Surfmist®

Walls

External walls facing east, north and west

  • Reverse 110 mm concrete block veneer
  • Light colour rendered external finish
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R1.0 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing south

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Light colour rendered external finish
  • anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R1.0 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 90 mm concrete block - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.0 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.0 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Ceiling fans

  • 1400 mm diameter ceiling fans
  • 1 in each bedroom and study
  • 3 in the kitchen/dining/living area

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with low solar gain low e glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-04 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with low solar gain low e glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-014 A, Type B).

Hobart

NatHERS Climate Zone 26

Hobart specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on 300 mm waffle pods
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to Walk in Robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R4.1 ceiling batts to all ceilings.
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Windspray®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Melbourne

NatHERS Climate Zone 62

Melbourne specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on 300 mm waffle pods
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R4.1 ceiling batts to all ceilings.
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Windspray®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R2.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R2.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Perth

NatHERS Climate Zone 13

Perth specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on ground
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R3.5 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Classic Cream®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R1.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R1.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

Sydney

NatHERS Climate Zone 17

Sydney specifications

For more information about the specifications below talk to your building professional or NatHERS assessor.

Floors

  • 85 mm burnished concrete slab on ground
  • Ceramic tiles to bathroom, laundry and ensuite
  • Carpet to walk in robe

Ceilings

  • 10 mm plasterboard
  • R3.5 ceiling batts to all ceilings
  • Eaves 5 mm FC sheet, no added insulation

Roof

  • Steel deck with R1.3 Anticon blanket
  • Colorbond® Surfmist®

Walls

External walls facing east, south and west

  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • R1.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

External walls facing north

  • 9 mm cement sheet weatherboards on 40 mm nominal battens
  • Anti-glare foil (0.6/0.9)
  • Medium colour finish
  • R1.5 insulation
  • 10 mm plasterboard

Internal walls

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • 110 mm single brick - as detailed on floor plans

Internal walls adjacent to garage

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.5 insulation

Internal walls adjacent to an attic space

  • 10 mm plasterboard on studs
  • R1.5 insulation

Draught sealing/air leakage

  • Weather strips to all windows and sliding doors
  • Seals and weather-strips to hinged external doors
  • Sealed exhaust fans to ensuite, bath, WC and kitchen range hood

Windows

  • Entry sidelight and laundry door: Timber frames with single clear glazing. (TIM-002-01 W, Type B).
  • Casement and awning windows: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing. (W1-9: ALM-001-01 A, Type A).
  • All sliding doors: Aluminium frames with single clear glazing (SD1-4: ALM-002-01 A, Type B).

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