Resources

NATIONAL

Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA)

The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) is a not for profit Peak Body association that represents building and design professionals who specialise in assessing the environmental impact of buildings in both Australia and New Zealand. ABSA Accredited Assessors use sophisticated computer programs to analyse your house. They are specifically trained to ensure that your home meets all government requirements and regulations, eliminating any costly changes or delays caused by non-compliant plans.

STATE FOCUS

The following state agencies all have various information brochures relating to energy efficiency and

building or renovating available in hard copy or on websites. Many have additional services, listed

below, which will be very useful for owner builders/renovators.

VICTORIA

Sustainability Victoria (SV)

‘Energy Smart Advisory Service’ consults on the efficiency of house plans, and provides an ‘Energy

Efficient Housing manual’, both available for a fee.

They also have a contact list of energy assessors for second generation software.

Telephone 1300 363 744 or www.sustainabilityvictoria.gov.au

 

Victorian Planning Portal

Find information on planning and property businesses and goverment departments. www.iburb-vic.com.au

NEW SOUTH WALES

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DEEC)

DECC coordinates the NSW Government’s response to climate change. DECC’s wide range of climate change programs include:

Telephone (02) 9995 5000

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/climatechange/energyefficiencystrategy.htm

NORTHERN TERITORY

Department of Lands, Planning and Environment

Telephone (08) 8999 8965 or www.lpe.nt.gov.au

QUEENSLAND

Environmental Protection Authority

Has an Energy Advisory Service (over the phone)

Telephone 1300 369 388 or www.epa.ald.gov.au/sustainable_energy/

TASMANIA

Dept. of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.

Telephone 1300 135 513 or www.dier.tas.gov.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Energy SA

Sustainable Energy Advisory Centre – provides advice relating to new and existing

homes.

Display Homes – provide a list of energy efficient display homes for builders/buyers.

Telephone (08) 8204 1888 www.sustainable.energy.sa.gov.au/home/home.htm

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO)

Home Energy Line for enquiries relating to energy use at home.

House Energy Rating Scheme, administered by SEDO to assess and improve the energy efficiency of

housing design.

Telephone 1300 658 158 or www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au/index.asp

ACT

Planning and Land Management

ACT House Energy Rating Scheme: rating required for all houses being sold, and a four star rating for

new homes.

Telephone (02) 6207 1743 or www.palm.act.gov.au/quality_and_sustainable_design/index.htm

BOOKS

‘Sustainable House’ by Michael Mobbs.

‘Warm House, Cool House’, by Nick Hollo.

‘Energy Efficient Building Design Resource Book’, by Renewable Energy Centre.

‘The Green Technology House and Garden Book’.