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Embodied Emissions Reporting

As of October 1, 2023, non-residential developments are required to include an Embodied Emission Material Statement with their Development Application (DA) submission. Archi-QS team of experienced quantity surveyors is here to provide expert guidance in navigating evolving regulatory requirements and ensuring seamless compliance.

Sustainable Building Practices in NSW

As of October 1, 2023, non-residential developments are required to include an Embodied Emission Material Statement with their Development Application (DA) submission. This requirement falls under the Sustainable Buildings State Environmental Planning Policy (SB SEPP), a comprehensive policy framework designed to foster sustainable building practices and mitigate the environmental impact of the built environment in New South Wales (NSW).

At Archi-QS, we take pride in providing our proficiency in preparing these essential reports, guaranteeing adherence to the most recent regulations established by the NSW Department of Planning.

What is an Embodied Emission Material Statement?

An Embodied Emission Material Statement is a crucial component of the DA submission process. It involves disclosing the quantities of key materials used in the construction process and their associated embodied emissions. This information must be provided at both the development application and construction certificate stages. Additionally, it is required when applying for a residential complying development certificate.

How Does It Work?

Embodied emissions are reported through the NABERS Embodied Emissions Material Form and later through the NABERS Embodied Emissions Tool. Here’s how it works:

  1. NABERS Embodied Emissions Material Form (until mid-2024):
  • Applicants input quantities of key construction materials used in the development. This form is considered satisfactory for meeting regulatory requirements until mid-2024.
  • While this form doesn’t directly quantify embodied emissions, it provides data for benchmarking and future targets.
  1. NABERS Embodied Emissions Tool (from mid-2024 onward):
  • Applicants must use this online tool to disclose embodied emissions attributable to the development.
  • The tool itemises building components and key construction materials, automatically converting quantities into embodied emissions factors.
  • Embodied emissions are measured in kgCO2-e/m2 and calculated by summing up emissions from provided materials.
  • Emissions factors are derived from Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) where available. For materials without EPDs, conservative estimates are used, with a preference for process life cycle assessment data.
  • The tool generates a reporting certification and itemized list of building materials, which must be uploaded to the NSW Planning Portal at relevant stages.

Applicants who previously used the NABERS Embodied Emissions Material Form should transition to the NABERS Embodied Emissions Tool if it’s live when preparing their construction certificate.

Why Engage a Quantity Surveyor?

The implementation of these requirements underscores the importance of engaging a Quantity Surveyor with expertise in preparing these reports. At Archi-QS, we specialise in accurately assessing the actual material quantities through an itemised list of building materials (such as a bill of quantities). This data is then utilised to complete the NABERS Embodied Emissions Material Form on behalf of the Developer.

How We Can Help?

  • Accurate Assessments: We provide detailed and accurate assessments of embodied emissions and material quantities, enabling you to meet regulatory requirements with confidence.
  • Expertise and Experience: With years of experience in the construction industry, our team possesses the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of sustainable building regulations effectively.
  • Tailored Solutions: We understand that every project is unique. That’s why we offer tailored solutions that align with your specific requirements and objectives.

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Ensure compliance with construction industry’s latest regulations by partnering with Archi-QS. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with Embodied Emissions Reporting.

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