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Renewables in the NCC, NSW bushfire rebuild, Adelaide heat waves, and more

GREEN GIGS (on government tenders and other projects on offer): Australia’s heating climate is providing opportunities for suppliers who can think outside the traditional building box.

With changes to the National Construction Code flagged for 2022 in line with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council low carbon trajectory, the Australian Building Codes Board has issued a tender for research into residential renewables.

The research aims to examine the impact on energy networks from increased uptake of on-site renewables for new homes. This includes on-site solar PV, storage and electric vehicle charging, together categorised as Distributed Energy Resources (DER).

In general, it is expected the NCC will alter the requirements for residential buildings to require them to be either net zero, or net-zero ready through a combination of improved energy-efficiency and renewables capability.

The Australian Energy Market Commission says the benefits from greater uptake of DER are expected to include a more stable and resilient electricity grid, lower energy costs, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions if the transition is managed appropriately.

The research the tender relates to will examine:

  • Any existing barriers within the NCC or its referenced documents that significantly inhibit the uptake of DER;
  • Whether any building code regulations from international jurisdictions that promote DER equipment are applicable in the Australian context;
  • Any unintended consequences of any new provisions to ensure buildings are DER-ready;
  • Existing uptake of DER technologies across all building classes; and,
  • Whether the current deemed-to-satisfy structural provisions and referenced standards in NCC are sufficient to accommodate typical and effective PV installation.

The tender closes on 21 February at 3pm, ACT time. Full details here.

NSW bushfire rebuild suppliers’ call

Following widespread bushfire destruction, the NSW government is calling for trades, service providers and suppliers to register on a new supplier list.

The ProcurePoint website aims to help connect communities, property owners and others with appropriate suppliers and service providers and help regional providers to find and obtain opportunities.

In addition to assisting with the recovery task, the state government wants the central portal to help local economies recover through locals hiring locals, wherever possible.

In addition to products and services related to demolition, design and construction, businesses that can supply fitout, furnishings, animal welfare and wildlife-related expertise, accommodation, hospitality services and support services are encouraged to register.

The register will be open for all of 2020. Details can be found here.

City of Marion needs urban heat expertise

Adelaide has sweltered through the worst of the heatwaves in recent summers, prompting the City of Marion to invest in strategies to cool the urban environment. One area it is focusing on is the Edwardstown Industrial Precinct, a priority employment and industry zone that incorporates the revamped former Mitsubishi manufacturing site at Tonsley.

The city is looking for experienced researchers who can measure and analyse human thermal comfort conditions, both current and future conditions, as the council implements a strategic green infrastructure enhancement program.

The fully-funded program includes planting 100 mature trees throughout the Edwardstown precinct. Council wants to measure the difference the trees make to the surrounding environment and climate. It also wants the researcher to extrapolate the likely effects into the future, as the trees and other green infrastructure further mature.

Council says the research project could suit experienced sustainability professionals, environmental research institutions or start-ups looking to be part of a large-scale environmental project.

Expressions of interest close at 2pm Adelaide time on 6 February. Details can be found here.

NSW Health looking for experts

NSW Health has a massive pipeline of work happening with about 80 infrastructure projects on its books, and an annual spend of over $1 billion dollars a year.

All those projects mean there is a need for experienced and qualified providers for commissioning building systems including mechanical systems, electrical distribution, IT and communications and fire protection systems.

Expressions of interest are open for joining its register of pre-qualified providers for work around the state.

The workload ranges from planning and oversight of commissioning, review and monitoring of building services validation, review and oversight of service integration testing through to review of asset data, maintenance and warranty documentation, and the review of certification for building system.

EOIs close at 2pm, NSW time, on 21 February. Details can be found here.

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