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Who do you want doing your BASIX Assessment?

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Apr 26, 2020 1:14:41 PM

The BASIX assessment and NatHERS process is an ever evolving practice which requires extensive knowledge of available materials, passive heating and cooling strategies and how to design in an ecologically sustainable manner. Although to complete and sign off on the BASIX process one must be a certified assessor. The assessor’s background does not play a large role in determining their competency in assessing a building’s efficiency. Therefore, the question is raised as to who is the most qualified or most knowledgeable to be completing the BASIX assessment?

Topics: ESD Architecture BASIX Opinion Residential
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Do I need a BASIX Certificate for a Relocatable Home?

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Apr 26, 2020 12:45:51 AM

You really need to check with the council. 
While not particularly a ‘relocatable home’ as it sounds like an existing residence, not a new prefab one, this is the only information on the BASIX website:

Topics: ESD Architecture BASIX Residential
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Tips to achieving a 6 Star Energy Rating

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Apr 25, 2020 11:58:34 AM

NatHERS, (or Nationalwide House Energy Rating Scheme), provides a rating system to determine the thermal comfort of Australian homes through software simulations. This system rates from zero to ten stars. The more stars a home gets the more comfortable the occupants will feel when living in the house/unit without additional cooling or heating systems. A building is unlikely to need any artificial heating or cooling system if it gets a 10 star rating.

Topics: Architecture NatHERS Thermal Comfort Thermal Performance Residential
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How the Australian Architects Climate Emergency will Affect Builders

By Chloe Huang on Sep 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

A large proportion of Australian architects have followed suit with their English counterparts developing Declare Australia in an attempt to promote a self-sustaining and constantly regenerating environment for future generations. But, what impacts will this have for property developers and builders going forward?

Topics: Architecture Construction Energy Efficiency Climate Opinion Residential
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How Indoor Environment Quality works towards BESS Certification

By Deniro Stocks on Aug 20, 2019 12:34:00 PM

Getting a BESS statement can be a drawn out and frustrating experience with councils. To get a BESS statement requires a variety of factors such as management, water, energy, stormwater, Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), transport, waste, urban ecology and innovation. With IEQ being weighted at 16.5% towards BESS certification, here are four ways where you can improve the Indoor Environment Quality of your next commercial or residential project, while being one step closer toward BESS certification:

Topics: BESS ESD Architecture Thermal Performance Residential
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FIFA’s Impact on Building Sustainable Stadiums

By Jamie Bonnefin on Oct 24, 2018 4:32:48 PM

Figure 1shows FIFA World Cup trophy and official football (1)

Topics: ESD Architecture Sustainability Construction Structure Energy Energy Efficiency
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How to design for Climate: Climate Sensitive Design

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Aug 22, 2018 9:29:39 AM

It is important that designers modify their designs in relation to the climate in which they are built in. In order for the occupants of a home to remain thermally comfortable, the design must work with the climate, not against it, decreasing the need to use heating and cooling systems.

Topics: Architecture NatHERS Thermal Comfort Energy Efficiency Thermal Performance Climate Cooling Residential
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6 Star Rating: What Is It And Why Do I Need One?)

By Jamie Bonnefin on Jun 30, 2016 9:24:41 AM

What is a 6 Star Rating?

The National Construction Code (NCC formally known as the BCA) requires all new residential dwellings in Australia (Except NSW)* to achieve a minimum of a 6 Star Rating using the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), approved software.

Topics: ESD Architecture NatHERS Star Rating Accreditations Energy Efficiency Residential
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Energy Efficiency Industry: History

By Jamie Bonnefin on Apr 28, 2016 12:34:47 PM

Due to concerns regarding global warning, the Australian Government in July 2000, announced that the State and Territory governments along with industry had reached agreement in regards to adopting a “two pronged” approach to reducing the overall greenhouse emissions from buildings. This was first introduced through the implementation of mandatory minimum energy performance requirements through the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Secondly was the encouragement of voluntary best practice initiatives within the industry. These initiatives were widely supported, with the reasoning that the building related matters be consolidated in the BCA wherever possible.

 

Topics: ESD Section J Architecture NCC Accreditations Commercial