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End of Year Closure 2019

November 9, 2019

Gradwell Consulting's last business day this year will be Friday 20 December. We will open again on Monday 6 January 2020. December can be a busy month, however our team of assessors can deal with even large projects. Give us a call to discuss you


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New NatHERS thermal performance software approved

A new version of the CSIRO Chenath modelling engine has been released. This engine is used by all NatHERS assessment software. Gradwell Consulting uses BERS Pro to prepare NatHERS assessments for BASIX and EERs. The new version of BERS Pro (calle


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BASIX announces alternative assessment process for large boarding houses

NSW Planning has developed an alternative assessment process for large boarding houses. The new process allows the thermal comfort of large boarding houses including student accommodation to be assessed at a later stage (i.e. the construction certifi


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NCC 2019 Section J becomes mandatory from 1 May 2020

NCC 2019 Volume One allows the requirements of NCC 2016 Section J to be used until 1 May 2020 as part of a transitional arrangement. In practice, the new requirements need to be applied earlier than 1 May 2020 for many projects. In NSW the applica


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Major Section J Changes Expected in 2019

November 6, 2018

According to AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating), industry is being warned to brace itself for much stricter energy-efficiency standards in the new Section J of Volume 1 of the National Construction Code (NCC).


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Energy Smart Housing Manual

November 4, 2018

Sustainability Victoria has released an Energy Smart Housing Manual to help home owners, builders and designers construct homes that have great thermal performance. The manual explains how a home’s design and construction impacts its energy efficie


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End of Year Closure

November 3, 2018

Gradwell Consulting's last business day this year will be Friday 21 December. We will open again on Monday 7 January 2019. December is typically a very busy month so please send requests for fee proposals as soon as possible. Give us a call to dis


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Gradwell Consulting Launches New Website

November 2, 2018

We have recently introduced a new website containing the latest industry news and project information. Please let us know what you think by email at info@gradwellconsulting.com or by calling 1800 11


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The secret to achieving 6 stars

March 30, 2018

A study prepared for the Australian Government (Department of the Environment) has shown that modifying the design of popular homes is a better approach than increasing building specifications. The study was able to use good design to achieve an aver


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CSR House keeps its cool

April 12, 2017

CSR's 8 star house in Western Sydney is a live demonstration of the benefits of good design. The benefits of the 8 star rating have been seen in both extreme heat and cold. According to CSR, during testing conducted on a cold winter morning with t


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CSIRO finds that 5 star houses cost less

August 8, 2016

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) set a 5 star energy efficiency standard in 2006. The results of the CSIRO evaluation has recently been released. The key finding is that compliant houses cost less to run and less to build, which is co


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New BASIX Guide

June 18, 2015

A recent audit conducted for the NSW Department of Planning found shortcomings in BASIX documentation. To address this concern, a guide has been prepared to assist councils and certifiers to understand the thermal comfort requirements when using the


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