In order to design and construct a new building in Australia, there are minimum compliance requirements on energy efficiency.
Unlike most firms, we see energy compliance as part of the construction process. We like to get involved in the early stages of a project and use our extensive experience with the National Construction Code to identify common problems long before energy compliance time. We spend extra time upfront to save our clients time and money in the long run.
Commercial compliance services
For the commercial market there are two ways to meet compliance; Deemed to Satisfy (DTS) and JV3 (performance solution). Our team specialises in JV3. This method results in lower construction costs and the ability to use preferred construction methods. To prevent surprises down the track, our most common approach is multi-staged. This way, necessary changes and improvements are identified at an earlier stage, resulting in lower build-cost.
If required, we can also provide the DTS method.
Residential compliance services
Project homes/custom-designed homes/multi-home developments/apartments
In the residential market there are three methods to obtain energy compliance; DTS, verification against a reference building (V.188.8.131.52) and star rating. Now that we are operating under NCC 2019, the star rating is our most used method of energy compliance. We will model your dwelling in NatHERS software and provide you with feedback on where it currently stands as well as the most cost effective specification to meet the required rating.
Sherwood New Home
DION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE
We are proud to have assisted on the energy assessment on what is one of the most energy efficient homes in all of Queensland! A high star rating is primarily determined by design and Sion Seminara Architecture did an incredible job applying passive design principals to optimise thermal performance - and it shows in the rating.
We first assessed the design through our NCC Compliance Consultancy service which showed there were only some minor adjustments to be made, after which the 8.7 Star rating was completed with ease. Some energy efficient features used in this design are the high-spec double glazing (U value of 1.9), high levels of insulation (R6 in the ceiling) and solar panels on the roof.