Applicable Building Type(s)

New non-residential

Policy Requirement Level

Policy Sequence


Development Authority: Commonwealth Government - Australian Building Codes Board

Implementation Authority: State Government - Minister for Planning. Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Verification Authority: Local Government and the private sector

Enforcement Authority: Local Government

Prescriptive Compliance path

Floor area is the total for all storeys where the storey area is all floors measured over the enclosing walls, incl. mezzanines and areas occupied by internal walls, cupboards or built in fixtures and fittings

Energy Requirements:


R-Values (m2.K/W)FloorSuspended floorWalls
Climate zone 1 0 1 3.3
Climate zone 2 0 1 3.3
Climate zone 3 0 0 3.3
Climate zone 4 0 0 2.8
Climate zone 5 0 1 2.8
Climate zone 6 0 1 2.8
Climate zone 7 1 1.5 2.8
Climate zone 8 2 2.5 3.8


The aggregate air-conditioning energy value attributable to the glazing must be calculated using the method and criteria specified in tables J2.4a &b


Total area < 5% of floor area, unless required by health and safety compliance requirements. SHGC and U factors are specified by ratio of shaft index to percentage of floor space. Listed in Table J1.4

Air Leakage

1.5 ACH

Space Heating System

Annual energy consumption for air conditioning must be calculated with the prescribed method and criteria (Tables 2a-2g)

Water Heating System

Hot water supply consumption rates must be calculated using criteria specific to building type (Table 2i, Spec JV)


Maximum illumination power density is prescribed by space type (Table J6.2a) with adjustments for control devices (Table J6.2b)

Renewable Energy

Heating must obtained from an on-site renewable energy source, or reclaimed energy, or a source that has a greenhouse gas intensity <100g CO2J or another process as reclaimed energy

Compliance Softwares:

End-uses considered:

Appliances, Space cooling, Space heating, Water heating, Lighting interior, Ventilation

Performance Compliance path

Energy Requirements:



Climate zones

HDD: Heating Degree Days 

Max. temp: Average January maximum temperature 

Water Vapour Pressure: Average 3pm January Water Vapour Pressure


 HDDMax. tempWater Vapour Pressure
Climate zone 1 - ≥ 30°C ≥2.1kPa
Climate zone 2 - <30°C ≥2.1kPa
Climate zone 3 - ≥ 30°C ≤2.1kPa
Climate zone 4 - ≥ 30°C ≤2.1kPa
Climate zone 5 <1000 <30°C ≤2.1kPa
Climate zone 6 1000-1999 <30°C ≤2.1kPa
Climate zone 7 2000 to Alpine <30°C ≤2.1kPa
Climate zone 8 Alpine Alpine Alpine