THERMAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION FOR NEW DWELLINGS, UNITS / APARTMENTS, AND EXTENSIONS / ALTERATIONS / ADDITIONS

A Thermal Performance Certificate (Star Energy Rating) is one of the documents required by the Registered Building Surveyor/ Certifier for your building permit. The Thermal Performance Certificate indicates your new home (or extension/alteration/addition) satisfies the energy efficiency requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia and the Building Code of Australia 2010 (BCA 2010). All new homes must meet 6 stars.

Surfcoast TPER specialise in Thermal Performance Assessment and Certification (Energy Rating) for new homes and units/apartments.

Much of Surfcoast TPER’s work involves the Assessment and Certification of extension/alteration/additions. The NCC/BCA acknowledges it is often difficult or cost prohibitive for an existing dwelling with new work (extension/alteration/addition) to meet the normal 6 star standard. The NCC/BCA requires the new work to be of at least 6 stars and for the overall project to show an improvement in the thermal efficiency over the existing dwelling. Surfcoast TPER has had much success in appealing to the Registered Building Surveyor/Certifier’s use of discretion to allow partial compliance if it is considered that reaching 6 stars would cause ‘excessive hardship’ (compared to the resulting benefit), or be technically unfeasible.

To enable Surfcoast TPER to make a thermal performance assessment, the following information is required:

  • Preliminary Working Drawings or Final Working Drawings,
  • Construction materials including colour of external wall and roof cladding, floor coverings, vents and penetrations, external shading devices,
  • Window and Door Schedule including Uw and SHGCw values,
  • Proposed Insulation Schedule,
  • External obstructions including fences, neighbouring buildings, protected trees,
  • Topographical features including ‘cut and fill’ levels, slopes and major contours,
  • Most importantly, the location of True North.

  • The Surfcoast TPER assessment and certification process:

      Stage 1: preliminary assessment
      A preliminary assessment is simulated using BERS Pro
      software and our suggested recommendations/alternatives
      (if needed) to achieve compliance.
      Stage 2: Certification
      Once the agreed alternatives are reached a Nationwide
      House Energy Rating Scheme Certificate is issued
      and the Final Working Drawings and Specifications are
      digitally stamped and emailed to you.

    Email your plans and specifications in pdf format to Surfcoast TPER for a quotation/fee proposal. We’ll respond within 24 hours. You’ll find Surfcoast TPER fees are very competitive.

    Surfcoast TPER understands time is of the essence. Upon receiving all the required information your compliance Certificate will be issued within 2 working days. We’ll rate your plans, digitally stamped and certified, saving you time and money.


    BASIX CERTIFICATION FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

    New South Wales introduced the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) in 2004, with the aims of reducing a new dwelling’s (also existing dwellings with new work) use of potable water and increasing the energy efficiency (and reducing greenhouse gas emissions). A BASIX Certificate is required by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure when submitting a Development Application to local government council.

    The BASIX Certification process involves a Thermal Performance Assessment combined with other extensive information including geographic location, landscaping, water storage, water heating, appliances, type of taps, etc.

    Surfcoast TPER is a BASIX accredited certifier.

    The Surfcoast TPER Basix Assessment process follows the Thermal Performance Assessment method using BERS Pro simulation as well as the entering of extensive data into the BASIX online index. When the project meets the BASIX requirements a BASIX Certificate is then issued.

    Email your plans and specifications in pdf format to Surfcoast TPER for a BASIX Certificate quotation/fee proposal. We’ll respond within 24 hours. You’ll find Surfcoast TPER fees are very competitive.

    Surfcoast TPER understands time is of the essence. Upon receiving all the required information your BASIX compliance Certificate will be issued within 3 working days. We’ll rate your plans, digitally stamped and certified, saving you time and money.

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