Commercial

We can guide you through the design process to ensure your development complies with Section J Energy Efficiency.

Developments that fall under Class 2-9 in the BCA require a Section J Report. Section J of volume one of the Building Code of Australia specifies the energy efficiency requirements of non residential buildings and multi unit residential buildings. Like any other parts of the BCA, compliance with section J is required for any form of construction in Australia. It also has several parts which address the requirements of building fabric elements, electrical and HVAC systems, sealing and energy monitoring provisions.

Section J Impact Report

The 2019 NCC came into effect on the 1st May 2019 with the exception of Section J. Section J had a one year phase in period due to the substantial increase in stringency. All projects with construction certificate submitted after the 30th of April 2020 are required to comply with Section J 2019 code requirements.

The Energy Efficiency framework in Australia revolves around buildings in the design stage. The As-Built outcomes delivered to homeowners is not always as promised in early stage documentation.

There is now a lot of work being done to further educate certifiers and builders to improve build quality. In NSW, following the final inspection and prior to issuing a final occupation certificate, the certifying authority is required to issue a BASIX completion receipt. It is now becoming more common for certifiers of multi-residential and commercial building projects to request the final check to be completed by an independent Qualified Assessor rather than the builder.

We aim to make the compliance process as easy as possible by providing installation certification documents for our clients to distribute to all relevant trades, complete the site inspections as required to ensure the building complies with Section J, Energy Efficiency of the National Construction Code (NCC).