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The team at PassivEnergy have all completed the BESS advanced training modules and understand how to achieve cost effective sustainable outcomes. We produce BESS reports for a wide range of building projects, from single lot dwellings to mixed use apartment complexes, and everything in between. Bess Reports work is completed by our in-house team located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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About BESS Reports

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) is an assessment tool created by local governments in Victoria. It allows builders and developers to implement sustainable initiatives to a building project and is prepared during the planning permit stage.

BESS was funded with the help of the Victorian Government under the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership – once in the past known as the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.

The Process

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During the planning stage, councils will generally ask for a report outlining key Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) measures that will be implemented during the construction stage.

For smaller developments (1-9 units) and non-residential developments less than 1000m2, the council will request Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) Report. The SDA report will include a Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) scorecard which will assess 9 key criteria to satisfy the council’s ‘Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process” (SDAPP).

Key points
  • We prepare SDA reports within 5 business days.
  • We offer practical solutions that work within the client’s budgets
  • We offer design advice to assist with a more favourable 6-star energy rating outcome.
  • Competitively priced
  • Have worked with all councils and understand their preferred outcomes

During the planning stage, councils will generally ask for a report outlining key Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) measures that will be implemented during the construction stage.

For larger developments (10+ units) and non-residential developments more than 1000m2, the council will request the Sustainable Management Plans (SMP) Report. The SMP report is a more detail ESD report and will include a Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) scorecard which will assess 9 key criteria to satisfy council’s

Key points
  • We prepare SMP reports within 5-10 business days.
  • We offer practical solutions that work within the client’s budgets
  • We offer design advice to assist with a more favourable 6-star energy rating outcome.
  • Competitively priced
  • Have worked with all councils and understand their preferred outcomes

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The following Councils are members of CASBE and subscribers to BESS:

  • Banyule City Council

  • Brimbank City Council

  • Darebin City Council

  • Greater Bendigo City Council

  • Greater Dandenong City Council

  • Greater Geelong City Council

  • Hobsons Bay City Council

  • Hume City Council

  • Kingston City Council

  • Knox City Council

  • Manningham City Council

  • Maribyrnong City Council

  • Maroondah City Council

  • Monash City Council

  • Moonee Valley City Council

  • Moreland City Council

  • Port Phillip City Council

  • Stonnington City Council

  • Whitehorse City Council

  • Whittlesea City Council

  • Wyndham City Council

  • Yarra City Council

  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council

STORM SCORECARD

A STORM Assessment scorecard system will also need to be included. A STORM assessment measures the developments in the ability to treat stormwater. This is required as developments introduce a large percentage of hard surface areas which may previously have been a permeable area such as lawn and vegetation. With the increase in hard surface areas, comes the increase in rainwater through our stormwater system and the sediment with it. Treatment types such as rainwater tanks, rain gardens and buffer strips can be utilised through development to assist with treating the rainwater before it hits out stormwater drainage system.

Preliminary 6-star energy rating reports will also be included for residential developments. This ensures the dwellings meet the 6-star minimum early on and can determine if there are any design issues that could add cost through high-performance double glazing and insulation.

Preliminary commercial energy ratings or section j reports will also be included for commercial developments to determine whether a 10% improvement in insulation and glazing can be achieved from the standard benchmark.

Sustainable Management Plans are often called up for apartment complexes and large missed use developments. It is important to engage in a professional ESD consultant early as council apartment guild lines now stipulate maximum cooling loads allowed. Assistance with design, window location and shading will help keep keeping the cooling loads within the maximum in a cost-effective manner.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bess Reports

The BESS framework bolsters the ‘Reasonable Design Assessment in the Planning Process’. For some gatherings in Victoria, candidates for arranging grants are required to submit data about how their proposed advancement expects to be feasible and meet certain objectives, either as a Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA, for little scale improvements) or Sustainability Management Plan (SMP, for enormous scale improvements).

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) is an appraisal instrument utilized in the arranging license organize, which is intended to assess the accompanying territories of another structure or modification against set benchmarks:

Vitality/Water Efficiency

Warm Comfort

In general Environmental Sustainability Performance

This apparatus means to help manufacturers, engineers and network individuals in demonstrating how a proposed advancement configuration meets reasonable structure benchmarks and prerequisites. The BESS scorecard can give information and direction towards improving your home or advancement’s supportability.

BESS can be utilized to survey:

Single Houses

Townhouse Developments

Loft Buildings

Huge non-private or blended use improvements

BESS is utilized as a contribution for Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) reports or Sustainability Management Plans (SMP) for improvement extends in Victoria rapidly turning into what could be compared to BASIX in New South Wales. Increasingly nearby chambers are starting to require ESD evaluations at the arranging grant phase of the improvement cycle.

BESS was made by the Victorian Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) to supplant two existing devices that bolstered the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP):

STEPS (Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy) for use with Residential structure evaluations

SDS (Sustainable Design Scorecard) for use with non-private structures

There are 9 classes that are surveyed inside the BESS apparatus, which are:

The executives

Water

Vitality

Stormwater

Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)

Transport

Squander

Urban Ecology

Advancement

Least scores in compulsory classes (Energy, Water, Stormwater, IEQ) alongside a general score of half is required to pass.

Through BESS the water and vitality productivity, warm solace, and by and large natural manageability execution of a proposed new structure or modification are evaluated. This administrative body was actualized to help manufacturers and designers, to guarantee that they show that they meet maintainability necessities as a feature of an arranging grant application. The necessities were to meet certain vitality utilization focuses to diminish the general vitality utilization of the state and the nation.

Much the same as BASIX, BESS is accessed through the use of a comprehensive online assessment tool and through the use of thermal modelling to rate the energy efficiency and overall consumption of a proposed dwelling. Through the use of a comprehensive list of performance criteria, those being management, energy, water, stormwater, IEQ, transport, waste, urban ecology and innovation, proposed dwellings must meet certain deemed to satisfy provisions to be approved during the DA stage.

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