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SDA Report

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At PassivEnergy, we work with our clients to prepare SDA reports for their developments offering a range of cost-effective sustainable outcomes that work within the client’s budget and satisfies council ESD policy. All of our work is completed by our in-house team located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Why submit an SDA or SMP Report?

Numerous councils in Victoria currently have an environment sustainable design (ESD) policy which aims to in courage sustainable initiatives be include within a development or new home. There are two ESD reports that can be prepared to demonstrate this:

Sustainable Design assessment (SDA) – Small – Medium Development

Sustainable Managnent Plan (SMP) – Large Development

To determine which type of SDA report is required, councils generally classify a ‘small’ or ‘medium’ size development as 2 to 9 residential dwellings, or a commercial building with a floor area of 100m2 to 1000m2. Developments exceeding these limits are generally classified as ‘large’.

The Process

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SDA Reports & STORM Assessments

A STORM Assessment scorecard system will also need to be included in the SDA Report.

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.

SDA Report

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.

More councils now have an ESD policy that will trigger a Sustainable Design Assessment and are being triggered not only for dual occupancies but for single dwelling sites also. Given how tight some sites can be, it is recommended to engage a professional ESD consultant early during the design stage so that STORM and BESS scorecard systems can be easily managed and implemented.


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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

10 Key Sustainability Criteria

  • Indoor Environment Quality

  • Energy

  • Water Resources

  • Stormwater Treatment

  • Building Materials

  • Transport

  • Waste Management

  • Urban Ecology

  • Innovation

  • Construction & Building Management

Frequently Asked Questions For SDA Report

The dimension of data required for an SDA Report fluctuates for undertaking to extend contingent upon the size of the venture.

SDA Report necessities include:

Subtleties on how the advancement has accomplished least desires for economical structure execution – can utilize STEPS/SDS instrument

A composed supportability articulation

Subtleties on proposed supportability measures

Ecological effect evaluation

Ecological destinations and Council models

The BESS (Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard) alongside a STORM or MUSIC evaluation and other prescribed appraisals can be utilized to attempt an SDA.

You will, for the most part, require the accompanying data:

For all advancements (private and non-private):

BESS report print out (or equal device)

Tempest rating, a free online apparatus that estimates your application’s tempest water the executive’s characteristics

foreseen least vitality productivity rating of significant machines for warming, cooling and high temp water (vitality marking)

foreseen least water productivity rating of taps and fittings (WELS evaluations)

foreseen light fittings (for example glowing, smaller fluorescent of LED?)

on location sustainable power source gadgets (if appropriate)

As a component of a SDA accommodation, we don’t anticipate that you should recognize what apparatus models you will introduce later on. We prescribe focusing on a vitality proficiency standard, for instance through pronouncing the Star rating for various apparatuses (regularly warming, cooling and high temp water).

Council requires that an SDA or SMP Report be submitted with any planning permit application for:

  • Two or more new dwellings
  • Other development (i.e. commercial and/or industrial) with a gross floor area of 500m2 or more
  • Alterations or additions with a gross floor area of 500m2 or more


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