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“Turn what you have to do into what you want to do”

In spite of having to add ESD features to your development there are some good reasons for wanting to do so!

When is the right time to think about Section J of the BCA?

In terms of compliance it becomes a “have to” at the Construction Certificate stage. At that stage the certifier will want you to demonstrate compliance. That is where Application Solutions can help by preparing a comprehensive Compliance Assessment.

Leaving thoughts of energy efficiency (which is what Section J is all about) until the end of the design stage can present some problems. Thinking about energy efficiency may prompt a different design solution. However no one wants to go to the delay or expense of a Section 96 amendment to the DA.

Occasionally Section J may force a review of design to say, add shading to improve the glazing options. A section 96 amendment then becomes a necessity.

We have found it is better to start thinking about energy efficiency at the pre-DA stage. Application Solutions often contributes at this point and later prepares the full compliance assessment.

Mar 2008

Section J

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