Basix Certificate for Granny Flats

Granny flats, or secondary dwellings, are self-contained accommodation within…

Granny flats, or secondary dwellings, are self-contained accommodation within, attached or separate to an individual home. Most areas of NSW require a separate BASIX Certificate to accompany an application to construct the dwelling.

Energy Efficient Housing Developments

Housing Developments can involve anything from 2 – 2000+ dwellings, in NSW…

Saving on energy and creating comfortable homes is fast becoming an expected outcome from new home buyers. More and more developers are now promoting energy efficiency design as a requirement for builders’ inclusion in their housing estate. Frys Energywise are regularly working with developers and their deign teams to ensure we are up to date with the requirements. Weather your are a builder or a homeowner you can rely on Frys Energywise to provide a cost effective assessment that not only meets the design requirements for the housing estate but also saving you money on energy costs and time in attempting to meet the design requirement through DIY assessment methods.

6 Star Energy Compliance

Meeting a minimum 6 Star Energy Performance is a requirement under the The…

Meeting a minimum 6 Star Energy Performance is a requirement under the The National Construction Code (NCC) is some states of Australia. Using an Accredited NatHERS Energy Assessor to assess the dwelling using the NatHERS approved software is the most efficient and cost effective method of meeting 6 Star Energy Compliance.

BASIX for Alteration & Additions and Swimming Pools

BASIX applies to all Alterations and Additions in NSW that are valued at $50 000 and…

BASIX applies to all Alterations and Additions in NSW that are valued at $50 000 and over and/or involve the installation of a pool and/or spa with a total volume greater than 40,000 litres.

ABSA & BDAV Assesments

Frys have dual Assessor Accrediting Organisation memberships. Both the…

Frys have dual Assessor Accrediting Organisation memberships. Both the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) and the Australian Building Sustainability Association (ABSA). Both these organisations are NatHERS approved Assessor Accrediting Organisations.

BASIX Assessment, Certificate and Reports

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) was introduced 1st July, 2004 by the…

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) was introduced 1st July, 2004 by the NSW Government. Since its introduction BASIX has delivered equitable and effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across NSW. An integrated part of the planning system, BASIX is implemented under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. BASIX applies to all residential dwelling types and is part of the development application process in NSW. The BASIX assessment will measure your proposed development for sustainability against BASIX targets that are based on the NSW home benchmark average.

BASIX offers a number of options to meet compliance for for thermal comfort, the Do It Yourself (DIY) Method and Simulation Method. Depending on your house design including the number of windows and the size of the home will generally determine the best method for assessment. Frys Energywise can assist in both forms of assessment. However we have found that in the majority of cases undertaking a Simulation Method generally works out to be the most cost effective method. In a lot of cases using the DIY Method the BASIX Glazing calculator offers very little flexibility and generally requires windows to include improved glazing which can add a lot of cost to the building of the home. The Simulated Method uses approved software conducted by accredited thermal assessors to model the house allowing for a lot more flexibility in the inclusion of added insulation, ventilation and shading devices usually removing the need for improved glazing and delivering a much more cost effective outcome for building. Usually the cost of one improved window is more than the cost of engaging an accredited assessor to complete a Simulation Method of assessment. Frys Energywise are accredited thermal assessors and are experts in delivering cost effective outcomes. Why not send through your plans for an obligation free quote. For more information on BASIX visit www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au

NatHERS Assessments

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) provides homes…

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) provides homes with a star rating out of ten based on an estimate of a home’s potential (heating and cooling) energy use. By providing a ‘measuring tape’ for energy efficiency, NatHERS helps to make Australian homes more comfortable for their inhabitants and help residents to save on energy bills through smarter design choices. Often good design can reduce the amount of energy needed to keep a home comfortable with no or little additional construction cost.NatHERS star ratings provide information about the thermal performance (heating and cooling needs) of a home’s construction. Star ratings are based on information about the home’s design, construction materials and the climate where it is being built. NatHERS is administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. NatHERS Accredited Assessors are professionally recognised energy assessors who are qualified in conducting house energy ratings using NatHERS Accredited Software.

Section J Assessments

Section J of the National Construction Code (NCC) applies to new building…

Section J of the National Construction Code (NCC) applies to new work conducted on buildings in classes 2 to 9, including Childcare Centres, Offices, Shops, Medical centres, just to name a few. There are generally 2 options to meet compliance. A DIY Assessment, this method uses a BCA glazing calculator which determines glazing values required once orientation, shading and frame material has been nominated. The assessment then also considers the wall material, floor material and ceiling material as seperate items. These materials are evaluated against the tables for compliance in the BCA for the type of building and climate zone. Often this type of assessment requires improved glazing. An alternative is to consider conducting a JV3 Assessment. This method of assessment uses an approved software that evaluates the whole building which allows certain areas to compensate for other areas that may not be performing as well as others i.e. windows. The DIY Assessment is still required and is used to show the JV3 as an improved performance to meet the requirements of a JV3 Alternative Assessment under the BCA. In the majority of cases the JV3 Assessment delivers a much better glazing result and the additional cost is normally well below the cost of improved glazing.