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Significant Increase in BASIX energy targets

Dear Eco Certificates clients, colleagues and friends,

There are very important and radical changes coming to the BASIX regulations in NSW so I've created this short email to bring this your attention as they can have significant implications for your projects. If you have active and unfinished projects with us, this could particularly be a very important message for you so please read below and kindly pay attention to the last note.

Beginning in July 2017, BASIX energy targets will increase. While the numbers below might not represent a significant change, the implications and their effect on the design and certification of your projects will be substantial. The changes are as below;

Energy Score Requirements Increase

The first change is increase in the energy score requirements. Typically, the energy targets for houses and low-rise units will increase by 10 per cent, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units. At first sight this might not seem a significant increase but it can be quite difficult to achieve pass score in the energy section with this increase. Use of high star rating appliances and solar panels will become much more prevalent compared to all the projects you've completed. It is anticipated that BASIX online tool now recognises more innovative and advance technologies as a result so we're hopeful that the provisions will remain comfortable for the majority of designers and developers.

NatHERS Thermal Load Thresholds Reduced

The second and far more radical change is in the thermal load thresholds of NatHERS simulations. These thresholds will be much lower than before and as a result the thermal modeling will need to introduce a noticeably more stringent and high performance array of building fabric elements to make the design approach these numbers. For many of the building designs which were already passing only by means of high performance elements due to their designs, this means that for the first time, there will be scenarios where the plans might need to change otherwise the building simply would not be able to be built. This is an important consideration to have in mind when designing a residential development and it also means the NatHERS and BASIX assessments will take longer to complete therefore the design teams must allocate more time for this service.

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Important message for our clients with active projects

For our valued clients and friends who have active projects with us it is extremely important that they make sure they receive the final set of documents before beginning of July.

In every case we have in our project register, projects are not being delivered due to unpaid invoices so the government fees cannot be paid and the project cannot be finalised. If these projects which are being completed and have the thermal models created are not finalised before the government deadline which is 30th of June, the client will still be presented with the invoice to process however the results will not be accepted in the BASIX online tool and the project should be re modelled and invoiced again. Please kindly use this remaining time to finalise all your active projects with us to prevent any of these unfavourable scenarios to happen.

If you have any questions or need to discuss about particulars of a project please feel free to contact us and we'll be as accommodating and assistive as always. Thank you for reading and I hope this has been some useful information for you.

Manuel Basiri

Manuel Basiri

B.Sc / M.Sc / MIEAust ABSA Member - BDAV Accredited Assessor

Second reminder regarding increase in BASIX energy targets

Dear Eco Certificates clients, colleagues and friends,

We now have less than a month from start of new BASIX energy target increase and new heating and cooling NatHERS thermal comfort requirements

Here's a very brief summary of changes which comes to BASIX regulations soon:

  • Energy targets for houses and low-rise units will increase by 10%
  • Energy targets for mid and high-rise units will increase by 5%
  • NatHERS heating and cooling thresholds are significantly lowered
  • RAPID method for single dwelling thermal comfort removed
  • DIY method is improved and much closer to simulation results
  • Other coefficient and formula updates which changes scores

A more detailed discussion about this changes can be seen here

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Important message for our clients with active projects

For our valued clients and friends who have active projects with us it is extremely important that they make sure they receive the final set of documents before beginning of July.

In every case we have in our project register, projects are not being delivered due to unpaid invoices so the government fees cannot be paid and the project cannot be finalised. If these projects which are being completed and have the thermal models created are not finalised before the government deadline which is 30th of June, the client will still be presented with the invoice to process however the results will not be accepted in the BASIX online tool and the project should be re modelled and invoiced again. Please kindly use this remaining time to finalise all your active projects with us to prevent any of these unfavourable scenarios to happen.

For all the projects which we will be completing the draft BASIX report and thermal models before 20th of June 2017, our client must pay the invoices issued to them in full no later than COB 27th of June. If this does not happen unfortunately the client need to pay increased invoices for migration to the new tool and also accept the fact that all the BASIX and NatHERS specifications and performance figures will be replaced by a significantly more stringent set of requirements.

If you have any questions or need to discuss about particulars of a project please feel free to contact us and we'll be as accommodating and assistive as always. Thank you for reading and I hope this has been some useful information for you.

Manuel Basiri

Manuel Basiri

B.Sc / M.Sc / MIEAust ABSA Member - BDAV Accredited Assessor

Eco Certificates Newsletter

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NABERS Rating coming soon

Eco Certificates will soon add NABERS rating and certification to its list of services. We’re preparing the platform for this service and we’ll announce the availability of the service and an attractive offer for our first groups of clients in our upcoming announcements. If you have any questions regarding this service, make sure to send us a message through here.

Smartwatch Give Away

We’re giving away a Smartwatch (of your choice, Apple or Samsung) to one of our valued clients. For a chance to get it all you need to do is to leave us a review on Google by clicking on this link. We’re limited to offer this gift only to our existing clients who have had a project with us at any point in time. Please mention your name and a very quick single line of writing to share your experience with us and give us the star rating you think we qualify for. We’ll announce our lucky winner in our next newsletter. Thank you all who share their experience in advance.

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Eco Certificates new address

We’ve moved our office to Norwest business park in Bella Vista. Our new address is:
413 / 33 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista NSW 2153.
Our postal address is still the same PO Box.

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Eco Certificates Newsletter

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NABERS Services

We’re now pleased to announce that NABERS rating for offices is offered by Eco Certificates, you can also read all about NABERS & NABERS Ratings. Also as was promised in our last newsletter we’re starting our new service with a great offer. We’re offering FREE NABERS assessment for offices below 2000 square meters in Sydney metro areas. All you’ll be charged for will be the government fees. Contact us before we’re overwhelmed by this offer.

Smart Watch Giveaway winner

We would like to thank all of our valued clients who were generous with their valuable time and left us a Google review. Our giveaway goes to Mr Damian Scard from Scard Design which we hope he likes and enjoys using his new smartwatch. The delivery will be made soon.

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December Annual Rush

December is around the corner and we know that all of our clients need their submission to happen before the end of this year. This will create heavy work load for us and if we’re engaged too late for a project due to late approvals, the delivery time might spill to next year. If you have pending fee proposal or request for information emails and forms from our office please kindly provide your response and approval as soon as practicable so that we can start our work sooner rather than later.

NatHERS Certificate Expiry

Now that we’ve passed over a year from moving to the HStar system we have scenarios which we need to update some NatHERS assessments which are older than a year. Please be mindful of the fact that after 12 months is passed from the date of issue of a NatHERS certificate, any update to the certificate will attract re payment of $20+GST per certificate charged by the Australian Government.

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