The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) was granted approval on 27 April 2012 by the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure (NSWDPI) as an Accrediting Organisation under the BASIX Thermal Comfort Protocol of 28 March 2009. (NOTE: This Protocol is currently under review by the NSWDPI.)
This enables BDAV accredited Thermal Performance Assessors who comply with specific requirements to conduct energy ratings in NSW using the BASIX Simulation Method, which is conducted online at the BASIX website at www.basix.nsw.gov.au.
Before commencing to undertake BASIX ratings, BDAV accredited Thermal Performance Assessors (TPAs) must first apply to the BDAV to have their existing TPA accreditation re-assessed and upgraded to incorporate BASIX, using the application form below. There is no fee charged by BDAV for this purpose.
Prior to submitting such application to BDAV, accredited TPAs must read the information about conducting BASIX Thermal Comfort Assessments at www.basix.nsw.gov.au including the BDAV Briefing Note on Thermal Comfort Simulations. Once such information has been read and understood by the accredited assessor, the attached Code of Conduct form must be signed and submitted to BDAV with the application for BASIX accreditation. BDAV will then confirm via email to the accredited TPA that their accreditation has been extended to undertake BASIX ratings. You must not commence to conduct a BASIX rating until you have received such confirmation from BDAV.
Equally, you must agree to not offer a consulting service for BASIX compliance if any uncertainty exists on your part as to the detail or the operation of the BASIX system as is currently required to be applied (or which may subsequently be amended) under the building approval system in NSW.
BDAV accredited TPAs who are approved to undertake BASIX ratings must enter their accreditation number in the BASIX online tool in the format BDAV/12/1234 (ie, if your BDAV Accreditation Number is VIC/BDAV/12/1234, simply omit the VIC/ when entering your accreditation number in the BASIX online tool).
In addition, the BASIX system requires you to obtain a BASIX certificate for each project to be rated. Prior to obtaining a BASIX certificate, you will require a unique eight-digit certificate number to be entered into the BASIX online system. Once you have been approved by BDAV as a BASIX Assessor, you are to obtain such eight-digit certificate number by emailing BDAV at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Request for BASIX Certificate Number’ in the subject line. In the body of your email, state your full name, your BDAV TPA accreditation number, plus the full location of the project to be rated (ie Street number, Street name, Suburb, State, Postcode). BDAV will then email back to you the unique eight-digit certificate number for that project. Emailed requests for BASIX certificate numbers which contain incomplete information will be rejected – it is the assessor’s responsibility to supply complete information.
If, after reading the information about conducting BASIX Thermal Comfort Assessments, you have any queries about using BASIX, please contact the BASIX team at the NSWDPI either via email to email@example.com or via the BASIX Helpline – 1300 650 908. The Helpline is available during weekdays between 2-5pm.
To download the BASIX Thermal Comfort Protocol updated effective 1 May 2013, CLICK HERE.
To download the BASIX Thermal Comfort Protocol of 28 March 2009, CLICK HERE.
To download the BDAV Briefing Note on Thermal Comfort Simulations, CLICK HERE
To download the BDAV application form to incorporate BASIX into your accreditation, CLICK HERE
To download the BDAV Code of Conduct for BASIX ratings, CLICK HERE
Changes to Input Section, April 2013:
To read the BASIX eNews announcing the changes, CLICK HERE.
To read to to complete the Assessor Details page, CLICK HERE (Note: only Items 1 and 2 apply to BDAV Members)