Unveiling the World of NABERS Embodied Emissions

Unveiling the World of NABERS Embodied Emissions: A Sustainable Building Revolution

Embodied emissions encompass emissions associated with the manufacturing process of a product, from extraction of the raw materials to delivery to the end user. The emissions are also referred to as cradle-to-gate emissions.

The embodied emissions from materials used in construction, such as steel and cement, are expected to become the largest source of carbon emissions in the building sector in the coming decades, even surpassing those related to energy consumption.

The NSW government has developed a policy framework aimed at promoting sustainable building practices and reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. This policy is called the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sustainable Buildings SEPP) 2022 (SB SEPP) and introduced embodied emissions measurement and reporting for all building types.

To help NSW meet its net-zero target by 2050 and reduce emissions from building materials, NABERS is adding embodied emissions to its suite of building ratings.

Why You Should Care: Embodied Emissions Reporting Mandate

From 1 October 2023, NSW has required all non-residential developments to report on embodied emissions under the SB SEPP. This is done at the development application and construction certificate stage, where applicants are required to disclose the quantities for key materials and associated embodied emissions in their proposed development.

The online NABERS Embodied Emissions Tool for non-residential buildings will be the required format for reporting emissions from mid-2024. In the interim, the applicants are required to complete the NABERS Embodied Emissions Form. The form facilitates the transition to the NABER Embodied Emissions Framework to be released later this year.

Under the SB SEPP, applicants are needed to disclose the quantities of key materials used in construction, including:

    • Structure
    • Envelope
    • Permanent internal walls and doors
    • External works outside of the building envelope

Additionally, the cost of materials for building services also needs to be disclosed.

Navigating the Process

Once the building design has been finalised, the quantity of materials from each category listed above is provided to the NABERS assessor in the form of an architectural and engineering document pack. At least 80% of the total quantity of materials must be recorded.

From there, the process involves three main steps:

    1. An Accredited NABERS assessor audits the architectural and engineering documentation package and quantifies the materials.
    2. The NABERS assessor enters the material quantities into the Embodied Emission Material form and certifies the accuracy of the data.
    3. Attach the form to your development application or construction certificate application.

Partnering for Sustainability – Ecovantage’s Role in the Journey

At Ecovantage, we have experienced NABERS assessors who are able to complete and certify the Embodied Emissions Materials Form, which you are required to attach to your development application or construction certificate application.

Elevate your commitment to sustainable building practices and embrace the future with NABERS Embodied Emissions.

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