The Queensland Government says verandahs, wide doors and hallways will be included in new home energy efficiency ratings.
Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says it will raise the maximum rating from five- to six-stars, in line with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) new requirement for the national building code.
Mr Hinchliffe told State Parliament the changes will promote Queensland architectural features.
“The six-star standard will recognise and reward Queensland design features and work with our unique regions, not against them,” he said.
“We understand that Queensland has a unique climate that ranges from the tropical north to the sub-tropical south and beyond the range.
“We acknowledge the shortfalls of requirements developed for southern climates are not appropriate for Queensland.”
The rating will come into effect on May 1.