We are Section J Experts
Application Solutions have been involved in Section J assessments since it’s year of inception and we pride ourselves on performing Section J Assessment and Compliance Reports that are accurate in compliance requirements, and easy to understand.
We believe that if something has to be done, it should be done right the first time. If an issue arises that may make compliance difficult when applied to the project (eg. glazing requirements turn out to be double glazing for compliance), we discuss this with our clients and provide strategies and solutions that result in both client satisfaction and building code compliance.
Where the standard Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions may create some difficult hurdles for compliance, Application Solutions has the expertise and qualifications to perform a Verification Method assessment using energy modelling to produce an Alternate Solution. For example, we can determine adjustments to other aspects of a building that could be made in order to reduce or even remove the under slab floor insulation requirement!
Learn more about Section J
According to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), the building sector is a significant contributor and one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy used in buildings accounts for approximately 20% of all energy related greenhouse gas emissions. Because of these facts, buildings are a key area in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the mitigation of climate change impacts.
In 2006, the ABCB introduced Section J to the Building Code of Australia (BCA), setting out requirements for all types of building in the topic of energy efficiency. Like all Sections of the BCA, alterations can be made with each release (1st May each year) and in 2010, Section J was subject to a significant upgrade in stringency.
Who is required to comply with Section J?
All Class 2 to 9 buildings need to comply with Section J. Class 2 and 4 buildings (residential) also must comply with BASIX in NSW at the DA stage and therefore are exempt from a number of provisions of Section J. Section J is part of the National Construction Code series (Building Code of Australia) and therefore must be addressed by all building work (even if your Council documents do not make reference to it). The specific requirements that will apply to your new building (or building undergoing renovation) will depend on a range of factors including the Class of the building (based on the use), the Climate Zone (based on the location) and size (floor area), to list a few. We are more than happy to discuss your project with you if you have any queries.
How do I go about getting a compliance certificate?
Floor plans and architectural drawings showing the details of the development are required to determine which clauses are applicable. A full assessment goes through the Code clause by clause to produce a report detailing the full list of requirements needing to be incorporated into documentation to gain a Construction Certificate from the Principal Certifying Authority.Contact Us for a free Section J project review*
Contact us to see how we can help you with your next project or find out more about Section J Consulting with Application Solutions.
* a free review includes review of drawings and telephone advice regarding the Section J scope for the project.