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BAL Assessments are now required

Did you know that BAL Assessments are required from today? If not, I wanted to make sure you had all the information you needed to make sure there are no hiccups in your projects. Please find the link for the Bushfire Prone Map here: Bushfire Prone Map If you enter
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Energy Raters Australia - Section J Commercial Energy Efficiency

Elemental Provisions

The elemental provisions, or Deemed To Satisfy as it used to be called, provides the least flexible way to achieve compliance of energy efficient home design elements but can still be useful in some circumstances, particularly light weight constructions. The elemental provisions dictate the insulation or performance levels you need
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Verification using a Reference Building Method(VURB)

Sustainability WA can work with you to tailor an alternative solution for BCA energy efficiency compliance with the Verification using a Reference Building assessment method (VURB). This alternative gives you flexibility to meet energy efficiency compliance and good energy efficient home design by using both the Deemed-to-Satisfy Elemental Provisions method
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Energy efficient home design

6 Star Certifications

One pathway for proving that you house or building project has met the minimum energy efficient home design standard is to gain a 6 star rating (The minimum energy efficient star rating) using House Energy Rating Software(HERS). This sophisticated software analyses your building plans and assesses the heating and cooling
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Energy efficient home plans

More Energy Efficiency Regulation Changes

Lately the building industry has been in a constant state of change. With building regulations changing and then clarifications and amendments, these changes make it hard to keep a handle on where we stand. Energy Efficiency assessments are no different. The change to 6 star regulations in Western Australia last
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Sustainability development goals

Sustainability WA and Energy Efficiency

When asked about our work, or about our qualifications regarding sustainability, from our own experiences, the response is often understood as dealing with solar panels or being involved in other clichéd sustainable actions. While such technologies and actions can play a role in an approach to the sustainable dichotomy these
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Energy efficient home plans

Latest Update: Changes to Energy efficiency Requirements for Alterations and Additions

As promised in our last update we are filling out some of the detail for Alterations and Addition requirements now that the official protocol has been released by the Building Commission. The protocol and documentation to be used with the protocol is available here: Building Commission Bulletin – Alterations and Additions There will
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New Climate Zone Map

Sustainability WA – Climate Zone Map   Above is a link to a new interactive climate zone map that is used when we conduct your energy efficiency assessments. I am sure you will agree, this is a big improvement on maps previously available. With this interactive map you can search
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BCA 2013 Commercial Energy Rating Changes

            Energy efficiency assessments for commercial projects have undergone some changes in the BCA 2013. Although none are major, it is important to ensure you are up to date with the new regulations so you can factor them into your designs. I have provided the in and outs below, but
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