Design Matters National is the largest organisation representing NatHERS Accredited Energy Efficiency Assessors (EEAs) in Australia.
These Accredited professionals play an integral role in facilitating a more sustainable outcome in combination with design professionals to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings throughout nationally.
Design Matters National is a NatHERS (Nationwide Home Energy Rating Scheme) Assessor Accrediting Organisation recognised by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water and maintains optimum Accreditation education programs for EEA members.
The EEA dedicated helpdesk, referred to as TechLink is available for members requiring assistance to navigate the technicalities of regulatory interpretation and best practice modelling to ensure informed and correct energy assessments. The TechLink widget can be found to the lower right of your screen.
We work closely with federal and state governments to advocate for, and ensure our members are supported to follow best practice and industry regulations.
EEAs will find the following go-to resources helpful in their professional practice.
NatHERS Technical Notes and Assessor Handbook
We have attached the NatHERS link of the new Assessors Handbook (2019) for you. This is a useful publication which explains the application of the NatHERS Technical Note (2019).
Coming into effect from 1 October 2023 will the the NatHERS Technical Note October 2023. NatHERS have also released the Whole of Home Guidance Note (Dec 2023) to be read in conjunction with the NatHERS Technical Note October 2023. An updated version of the NatHERS Handbook to support the NatHERS Technical Note October 2023 is underway.
A useful additional resource is the ABCB 2022 NatHERS Heating and Cooling Load Limits Standard.
National Construction Code Housing Energy Efficiency Handbook 2023
The Housing Energy Efficiency Handbook assists in understanding the energy efficiency provisions in NCC Volume Two that apply to houses.
It addresses issues in generic terms and is not a document that sets out specific compliance advice for developing solutions to comply with the requirements in the NCC. This handbook is intended to guide readers in developing solutions relevant to specific situations in accordance with the generic principles and criteria.
ABCB Apartment Energy Efficiency Handbook
This handbook provides guidance on the energy efficiency requirements for Class 2 apartment buildings. It also complements the Housing Energy Efficiency Handbook. Together, these handbooks are intended to help you understand and comply with the latest requirements for energy efficiency.
ABCB NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency Resources
With so many amendments and additional requirements under NCC 2022 provisions, Designers and Assessors need easy access to all available tools and resources.
The ABCB have compiled an extensive list of links to tools, calculators and resources which can be found on the ABCB website here for ease of access.
Assessments in NSW
All Assessments carried out in NSW must be submitted via the BASIX tool. You will require to register on the NSW Planning Portal to access the BASIX lodgement platform.
You will also need to familiarise yourself with the BASIX Thermal Comfort Protocol (October 2023).
Energy Efficiency Assessor Code of Conduct
All Accredited EEAs have agreed to uphold the professional standards outlined in the EEA Code of Conduct. Click here to view our EEA Code of Conduct,
Assessor Upskill Now Masterclass
This industry leading education program has been specifically developed to help Assessors overcome persistent skills gaps identified in the Quality Assurance Review process. Learn about DMN’s Upskill Now CPD Masterclass here.
Continuing Professional Development
To maintain annual Accreditation renewal, all Accredited EEAs are required to engage with minimum annual CPD activities. View our Energy Efficiency Assessor Continuing Professional Development Guidelines here,
Assessor Quality Assurance
As a NatHERS Accredited Assessor Accrediting Organisation (AAO), DMN are required to undertake regular Quality Assurance reviews of all its Accredited EEA members. This ensures accurate, reliable, consistent and repeatable NatHERS Assessments across the country. It also helps identify skills gaps where additional support, training and CPD are required. View our EEA Quality Assurance and Upskill Now procedure here,
Complaints Against Assessors
As a NatHERS Accredited AAO, DMN provide the Complaints against Accredited Energy Efficiency Assessor's procedure. This procedure can be used by Industry Professionals or members of the public when there are concerns about the conduct of a DMN Accredited EEA.