Calling all assessors – NCC 2022 online info sessions!

Register now for NCC 2022 software webinars 

A series of online webinars will be held next month (March 2024). Co-hosted by NatHERS software tool providers and NatHERS technical staff, these webinars have been developed for energy assessors, but may be of interest to designers, builders, and other industry professionals. 

The webinars will: 

  • Support the introduction of the energy efficiency requirements for the National Construction Code (NCC 2022),   

  • Help assessors understand the new NCC requirements coming into effect in Victoria and Queensland from 1 May 2024, and in South Australia from 1 October 2024.   

  • Feature a Whole of Home assessment demonstration using NatHERS accredited tools. A live Q&A (questions and answers) will be held at the end of each event. 

  • Demonstrate how to achieve compliance with the new NCC Whole of Home energy requirement (H6P2), using a NatHERS test dwelling design (Software Accreditation Protocol dwelling 200) in various climates.  

Webinar times and dates are below:     

  • BERS Pro: Thursday 7 March 2024, 2pm – 3.30pm (AEDT)  

  • Hero: Wednesday 20 March 2024, 1pm – 2.30pm (AEDT)  

  • FirstRate5: Tuesday 26 March 2024, 2pm – 3.30pm (AEDT).  

Sign up for a session via Trybooking.  

Recordings of the webinars will be available on the NatHERS YouTube channel, and via Assessor Accrediting Organisations (AAOs) and software tool providers in the weeks following the events. 

Whole of Home training and certification  

If you are looking to become certified for Whole of Home assessments, it’s not too late!  

Assessors need to complete the mandatory technical module training and quiz, before emailing the certificate to their relevant AAO.  

Just visit the NatHERS Assessor Toolkit page and follow the steps under the ‘Whole of Home training and certification’ section.  

NCC 2022 updated advice – assessing centralised services  

NatHERS can be used to assess the thermal performance of all individual units within apartments (Class 2 buildings), providing a star rating out of 10. It can also be used to comply with the new National Construction Code (NCC 2022) Whole of Home requirements where apartments have decentralised hot water and space conditioning systems.  

NatHERS currently does not offer a Whole of Home option for apartments with centralised services. A proposal for these assessments has been developed and will soon be available for public comment. The NatHERS Administrator expects that tools in the scheme are able to be utilised for Class 2 buildings with centralised services from 2025.   

For those assessing the Whole of Home compliance of apartments with centralised services, you can use the alternative pathways in NCC 2022. For example, for apartments with centralised hot water systems, you can use NCC 2022 Volume 1 Verification Method J1V5, also known as Verification Using a Reference Building (VURB), or another Performance Solution.  

It’s also worth remembering that a combination of approaches can be used to demonstrate compliance – for example, using NatHERS to demonstrate the thermal performance requirements and VURB to demonstrate Whole of Home compliance. 

Helpful resources for assessors include the Australian Building Code Board’s recently released Apartment Energy Efficiency Handbook and the Housing Energy Efficiency Handbook, which provide guidance on the new requirements for apartment buildings.  

Resources for NCC 2022