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VURB (Verification using a Reference Building Method) is an alternative assessment method that gives you the flexibility to meet energy efficiency requirements through a combination of the NatHERS energy assessment and the Deemed To Satisfy assessment (DTS). 


VURB Explained

What is VURB?   
VURB (Verification using a Reference Building Method) is an Energy Efficiency minimum performance standard that does not use an energy star rating like NatHERS, but a benchmark in the form of a reference building. The proposed building must reach either the same or less than the Elemental Provisions (DTS) of the reference building’s benchmark energy heating/cooling loads to be compliant with the National Construction Code (NCC).
This report option is available for all States and Territories except NSW.
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How is the VURB method assessed?


VURB uses the Elemental Provisions set out by the Section J Deemed to Satisfy assessment method as a performance benchmark for your project. To carry out this assessment methodology, commercial grade energy modelling software such as Design Builder or IES is used to calculate the annual energy consumption of the reference building created under the Elemental Provisions,  and then your project is compared to this one to ensure that it is equal to or improves upon the sustainability capabilities of the reference building. 





When is VURB required?

The VURB method is required or is most effective when assessing the energy efficiency compliance for the following; 

  • Large Houses
  • Houses with elevated floors
  • Houses with upside down living
  • Houses with unusual design features


What are the requirements of a VURB?

VURB requires that a proposed building consumes less or the same annual energy consumption as the reference building to be deemed compliant. 


Costing and Time Commitments

Due to this method's process of calculating the three separate assessments and rating, i.e. the DTS assessment and two different thermal software ratings, together the assessments take much longer to complete making the cost much higher than other methods currently available. However, due to this method being much more flexible than other development assessments, it makes it the more cost effective method in the long term. Therefore, this results in reduced costs of sustainable building materials and the inclusion of your desired specifications.
As for the time frame expected to complete a project utilising this assessment method, it can vary greatly depending on the scale of the project.
To find out the exact price and time frame for completion of a VURB report, we strongly recommend you contact us and send in your plans for review and we will aim to send you a quote within the same business day. 
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