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Energy Efficiency Assessments

To facilitate the implementation of Residential Energy Efficiency measures, we perform a range of assessments to aid homeowners in enhancing the energy efficiency of their residential properties.

NatHERS Assessments

We are the leading provider of NatHERS Assessments nationally and have extensive experience with some of the largest residential builders across Australia. Our longevity and experience give you peace of mind that you’ll receive the best and most accurate assessments as we as realistic and practical options for compliance when needed.

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) assessments are considered the gold standard for measuring residential energy efficiency. Set up by the Australian government, NatHERS identifies your home’s comfortability while using as least energy as possible.

NatHERS, at its core, is a software-based assessment tool that calculates the thermal performance of a building by considering a building’s orientation, building materials used, glazing, insulation, and ventilation.

Our qualified and accredited industry professionals conduct our NatHERS assessments in full compliance with NatHERS Protocols. Upon completion of each assessment, the results are documented and submitted to the relevant building authorities for inclusion in the building’s records.

Homeowners can expect the assessment to be carried out during the design stage of the build. However, this specific assessment can be conducted for buildings undergoing various renovations.

NSW BASIX Assessments

At Energy Advance, we offer BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) Assessments to help ensure residential buildings in New South Wales meet the state’s sustainability targets. Our BASIX assessment focuses on three key areas: water efficiency, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency.

Our goal is to assist in reducing the environmental impact, whether through lowering water usage or ensuring efficient measures for energy consumption. Energy Advance’s qualified and accredited professionals will carefully analyse your building plans against sustainability targets.

We’re here to ensure that your property complies with the requirements of the government. If your project is compliant, we’ll provide a BASIX certificate as proof of compliance, allowing you to continue your property’s development after the assessment.

If your dwelling falls short, we will provide multiple sensible and practical options for achieving BASIX compliance.
As one of NSW’s biggest suppliers of BASIX assessments, our experience across a wide range of dwelling types ensures that you will receive the best and most accurate results possible and cost-effective and realistic options where needed.

Deemed to Satisfy ​​Elemental Provisions Assessments

Deemed to Satisfy Elemental Provisions Assessments ensures that energy requirements outlined by the National Construction Code for residential homes are met.

This assessment type is generally used for alterations or extensions to a residential building but can also be used for new residences. These assessments evaluate the building’s design and various construction elements against predetermined performance criteria.
Although this method doesn’t provide as much flexibility as a NatHERS assessment, it can provide a cost-effective way to achieve compliance in specific circumstances.

Performance Solutions

At Energy Advance Australia, we provide Performance Solutions that align with the National Construction Code’s energy efficiency requirements. Offering a flexible approach, these solutions consider your home’s unique features using advanced tools that meet the world-class ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140.

Our experts analyse various aspects including design, heating, cooling systems, etc. It’s important to note that while Performance Solutions are custom-tailored, they’re not a guaranteed quick fix for energy efficiency or cost savings, with results dependent on your home’s specifics. Alongside traditional methods, Performance Solutions represent a sophisticated alternative.

Our mission is to guide you in choosing the most suitable path to improve your home’s energy efficiency, all with the reassurance of globally recognised standards.

Commercial properties consume much more energy than residential ones, so it’s essential to minimise your property’s wastage to maximise the effectiveness of the development. At Energy Advance Australia, we perform a range of assessments to comply with the National Construction Code, ensuring that various commercial buildings perform optimally.

Section J Deemed to Satisfy Assessments

Industrial/Commercial Deemed-to-Satisfy assessments ensure that commercial buildings such as offices, warehouses, retail spaces, and other structures comply with the energy efficiency requirements outlined in the National Construction Code (NCC).
Several requirements need to be met. Insulation, glazing, ventilation, lighting, sealing, and implementing (HVAC) systems are all subject to assessment.

A building that complies with the requirements for each test item is deemed to have met the minimum energy efficiency requirements set by the NCC.

At Energy Advance, we will collaborate to ensure that your building’s design and construction elements align with the required performance criteria.

To perform energy assessments effectively, we require the following information:

  • Detailed architectural plans and drawings, including floor plans, elevations, and sections.
  • Window and door schedules, specifying sizes, types, and glazing properties.
  • Insulation specifications for walls, roof, and floors.
  • Information about the building’s orientation and shading elements.
  • Lighting design and specifications, including the types and wattages of fixtures.

If you don’t have any of this information, you can rely on us to make realistic and reasonable assumptions based on our experience where required.

After the assessment, we will provide you with a comprehensive report outlining:

  • An evaluation of the building’s current energy performance and compliance with relevant codes and standards.
  • Identification of areas with potential for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Tailored recommendations for cost-effective energy-saving measures, including insulation, glazing, HVAC systems, lighting, and renewable energy options.
  • Assistance in understanding and meeting regulatory requirements for energy efficiency.
JV3 Assessments

JV3 Assessments offer a well-rounded method to evaluate a building’s energy efficiency and performance. These types of assessments use advanced computer-simulated 3D modelling systems to create a visual representation of the building’s structure. We can determine the energy efficiency by comparing the modelled building’s yearly energy usage to a reference building that meets the NCC’s Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) requirements.

To carry out this analysis, the assessment considers factors like the building’s temperature and energy consumption, using historical weather data to calculate the usage rate for each hour of the year.
Additional aspects, such as the building’s heat transfer, the heat produced by occupants, power usage from electrical equipment, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and artificial lighting, are also considered.

If the proposed building’s energy consumption is lower than that of the reference building, it is deemed compliant and successfully passes the JV3 assessment. This comprehensive approach ensures that the building’s overall performance meets the required standards for energy efficiency.

What’s the difference between Deemed to Satisfy and JV3 Assessments?

When it comes to ensuring buildings meet the National Construction Code (NCC), there are two main methods: Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) and JV3 assessments. Both approaches aim for the same goal but work differently and focus on different aspects of the building.

DTS assessments check that each part of a building meets the NCC’s rules individually. This means that every component must ensure the building follows the guidelines without relying on other components to make up for it.

On the other hand, JV3 assessments look at the building’s performance. To do this, we create a detailed 3D model of the building and simulate it for an entire year using past data. This helps to determine the building’s energy usage patterns.

By understanding how these two assessment methods differ, you can make better choices to ensure your building meets the necessary standards and performs at its best.

J6 Lighting Calculation Assessments

The J6 Lighting Calculation Assessment is crucial for commercial and industrial properties, including unconditioned warehouses, to meet the artificial lighting and power provisions outlined in Part J6 of the National Construction Code.

This assessment evaluates your project’s lamp and illumination power density, considering factors such as control devices, illuminance levels, and room aspect ratios. It ensures your design adheres to the specific energy efficiency standards, reducing environmental impact.
Our services in this regard provide a detailed approach to meet national regulations and drive your project towards sustainable and compliant construction practices.

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