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Section J Reports

Section J Reports or Compliance Assessments are associated with Volume One of the Building Code of Australia ( BCA ), Class 2 to 9, and relates to Energy Efficiency measures of a building.

The objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. See more information

Typically this covers new commercial developments, plus residential buildings that are not covered under Class 1 or 2, such as:

  • Types of boarding houses

  • Guest house

  • Hostel

  • Lodging house or backpackers accommodation.

Other types can include a residential part of a hotel or motel or school, plus accommodation for the aged, children or people with disabilities.

Our Section J Reports are based on the Deemed to Satisfy assessment or DTS and can cover the following topics:

  • Part J1 - Building Fabric

  • Part J2 - Glazing

  • Part J3 - Building Sealing

  • Part J4 - Currently does not apply

  • Part J5 - Air-Conditioning and Ventilation Systems

  • Part J6 - Artificial Lighting and Power

  • Part J7 - Hot Water Supply and Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Plant

  • Part J8 - Access for Maintenance and Facilities for Monitoring

To obtain a Section J Report from our office, we will initially provide a Fee Proposal for you or your client, detailing the extent and cost of our services.

The Fee Proposal is free of charge, and all we need is a set of the proposed plans (in PDF) emailed
to us at

If you have any questions, or require other services, Contact us for further information.


The objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

This was in response to concerns over global warming, and in July 2000, the Australian Government announced an agreement had been reached with industry and State and Territory Governments to adopt a two-pronged approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

The first approach was the introduction of mandatory minimum energy performance requirements through the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and the second approach was the encouragement of best practice voluntary initiatives by industry. Industry was supportive of this two-pronged approach, taking the view that building-related matters should be consolidated in the BCA wherever possible.

Given the importance of the energy performance of buildings to overall national greenhouse gas emissions performance, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the Australian Greenhouse Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop the BCA Energy Efficiency Provisions.

The Energy Efficiency Project was endorsed under the National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE), an agreement between all Australian Governments established to improve energy efficiency. The objective of NFEE is to unlock the significant economic potential associated with increased implementation of energy efficiency technologies and processes to deliver a least cost approach to energy efficiency in Australia.

Background of Energy Efficiency in the BCA

Energy efficiency provisions were introduced into the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in stages. The first was in 2003 for Class 1 and 10 Buildings (BCA Volume Two Housing Provisions).

This was followed in 2005 by provisions in Volume One for Class 2 buildings (apartments) and Class 3 buildings (hotels, motels, dormitories etc.) and Class 4 parts of buildings (residences over other buildings).

The range of buildings became complete in 2006 when provisions for Classes 5 to 9 buildings (all other applications) were added to Volume One.

At the same time, the provisions for Classes 1 and 10 in Volume Two were made more stringent.  In 2010 the stringency of the provisions in both volumes were again increased.

Note that these dates were when the provisions were introduced into the national BCA and not necessarily when States and Territories adopted them into building law. 

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