The Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) can be met using either a Performance Solution or a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Solution or a combination of both solutions. The following demonstrates the performance based design process that should be used in conjunction with the Development of Performance Solutions Guidance document.
Scenario: A building owner is choosing a heating system for a Class 6 retail building. The building will have electricity and gas connections and whilst unsure as to what extent of energy is to be used, the building owner wishes to use a combination of energy sources to optimise ongoing running costs. The Performance Requirement restricts the use of electricity alone. Therefore, a Performance Solution to meet the Performance Requirements will be explored.
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The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the former Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) developed this Handbook to assist users with the application and understanding of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One energy efficiency provisions.
This Handbook is targeted at designers, energy analysts, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and other specialist designers who are familiar with energy analysis software used to model the annual energy consumption of a building. The purpose of the document is to enhance practitioner awareness of NCC energy efficiency requirements and, through guidance, deliver nationally consistent interpretations of those requirements. The requirements represent minimum acceptable standards as determined via consultation with governments, industry and the community.
AIRAH undertook this project on behalf of the whole of industry to provide a forum or mechanism whereby the transition to low -‐ emission HVAC&R practices and technologies could be discussed openly and transparently. The topic is broad and the views are varied and often conflicting. The content of this paper is based on submissions rece \ived from industry stakeholders. Hence , many statements and conclusions are not referenced to published documents. This is neither a research paper nor a definitive situational analysis; this paper simply documents an industry discussion.
There are calls for changes to the nation's building code to ensure homes are heat stress resistant in summer.
A study has found new 'energy efficient' homes can actually be less resistant to heat than older double-brick homes.
As a result, Australian's are becoming more reliant on air-conditioning, driving up power prices and putting people's health at risk.