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Who Do You Want Doing Your BASIX Assessment?

By Jamie Bonnefin on Oct 7, 2016 1:05:07 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: Design BASIX NatHERS Star Rating Accreditations
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U and R Values & Energy Rating: What do they mean?

By Jamie Bonnefin on Aug 19, 2016 5:20:17 PM

In the field of ESD, two terms which constantly appear are the U and R values of products, but what do these mean? Whether referring to insulation or glazing each product on the market has a specific either U or R value. These values refer to the thermal performance of specific products and materials and how they assist in maintaining thermal control in a building or structure. These values are an integral part of the BASIX, NatHERS and Section J process in the NCC, which require specific values to be either entered into the glazing calculator for Section J reports or specific glazing types with predetermined U and SHGC values for BASIX and NatHERS along with specific R values for insulation and building materiality.

Topics: ESD Section J BASIX NatHERS Star Rating Accreditations
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Star Rating: How to Increase Your Star Rating for Free

By Jamie Bonnefin on Jul 1, 2016 10:12:29 AM

The NCC sets a minimum acceptable thermal performance for residential dwellings by specifying a minimum 6 star rating for all new projects in Australia with the exception of NSW who are under the BASIX programme.

Topics: Design BASIX NatHERS Star Rating Accreditations
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6 Design Tips for a 6 Star NatHERS assessment

By Jamie Bonnefin on Jun 30, 2016 11:12:19 AM

6 Design Tips for a 6 Star NatHERS Energy Rating


Topics: Design NatHERS Star Rating Accreditations
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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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4 Tips For Choosing Your Next NatHERS Assessor

By Jamie Bonnefin on Jun 9, 2016 12:47:12 PM


You might be in a hurry when you are looking for your NatHERS assessment. But be aware of choosing too fast and ending up with an Assessor that will take their time. We have written down 4 tips we think you should know before choosing your NatHERS Assessor.

Topics: NatHERS Star Rating Accreditations Residential