Demystifying Performance Based Solutions and NCC Section J

Demystifying Performance Based Solutions and NCC Section J

Demystifying Performance Based Design Solutions and NCC Section J

Available On-Demand
1 Formal CPD Point



The presentation unpacks the writing of performance solutions for ESD and provide an introduction into how architects can and should engage in the field. Looking from the perspective of the ESD consultant and the building surveyor we will discuss where and how architects can have influence to get the best outcomes for the project. 
Image: WA Museum Boola Bardip | Hassell and OMA | Image: Peter Bennetts.

Please note this is a recorded session - information was correct at time of filming. Advice provided is of a general nature only, individuals should research and identify their own solutions based on individual circumstances. 

This session was conducted as part of a whole day CPD run by the Victorian Chapter on the Practice of Architecture.
Other courses conducted on this day included:
Writing a Brief (1 Formal CPD point)
Design: Access as a Standard Practice (1 Formal CPD point)
Case Study: Learning from Lacrosse (1 Formal CPD point)


NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This event will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:  

4. Design: Schematic Design
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

5. Documentation: Detailed Design
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.

6. Documentation: Documentation
6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists and suppliers.


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

This event will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:  

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design
PC 29
Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements. 
PC 32
Be able to apply planning principles and statutory planning requirements to the site and conceptual design of the project. 
PC 33
Be able to investigate, coordinate and integrate sustainable environmental systems – including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics – in response to consultants’ advice. 

Detailed Design and Construction Documentation
PC 41
Be able to coordinate and integrate input from specialists and consultants into the detailed design and documentation. 
PC 44
Maintain effective and clear communication in the coordination of relevant consultants, manufacturers and suppliers as required under the terms of engagement. 
PC 46
Be able to produce project documentation that meets the requirements of the contract and procurement process and complies with regulatory controls, building standards and codes, and conditions of construction and planning approvals


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Understand new requirements for NCC performance solutions from 1 July 2021
  • Be clear on how performance solutions are demonstrated through a Performance-Based Design Brief (PBDB) and implications on delivery and program
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities for delivering a performance-based design solution
  • State the pathways to achieving performance-based design solution for NCC 2019 Section J energy efficiency


Enzo Palermo

Commercial Development & Building Code Consultant, Hendry

With over 15 years’ experience in both public & private sector, Enzo is a respected built-environment professional, passionate about empowering stakeholders with knowledge to develop & maintain safe assets.  Lending his expertise to key state & local initiatives, such as the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, Better Approvals Program & Occupancy Report Program, where he was responsible for the identification, inspection and consulting on key safety & compliance parameters, Enzo is leading the next generation of building surveyors to instill & uphold best practice.
Never shying away from complex conversations, Enzo aims to break down long standing barriers and correct misconceptions between building & construction stakeholders to drive a more connected industry, with the common goal of creating better buildings for the community.


Priya Gandhi

Associate, Atelier Ten

Priya Gandhi is a passionate sustainability advocate driven by the desire to create a built environment that makes a positive impact on the natural environment.  She is an expert building analyst with over a decade of experience in the US and Australia. Priya is an Associate in Atelier Ten’s Melbourne office and leads the energy modelling and building performance tools practice, and is currently training as a NABERS Assessor.  She believes that knowledge-sharing is key to the industry’s success.  She is currently Vice President of IBPSA Australasia, an organisation devoted to using simulation to improve the built environment, she volunteers with Engineers Declare to support a low carbon future, and regularly guest lectures for architecture, sustainability, and engineering university courses.



David Ritter

Director, Atelier Ten

Leader of Atelier Ten’s Melbourne office, David has over 20 years of experience in delivering cutting-edge ESD solutions. An accomplished environmental engineer and sustainability consultant, he has led ESD analysis and consultancy on major projects around the world. 

David has a keen interest in high-performance building fabric solutions and has an overview of the wider global trends driving enhanced ESD compliance requirements. As well as his experience in the UK, he has previously been responsible for the knowledge transfer of Passive House design and delivery skills into the Chinese residential market and is currently working on the delivery of Passive House compliant projects here in Melbourne.

He is a natural collaborator and innovator who is passionate about creating a zero-carbon future through intelligent environmental design, not just compliance focused solutions.




Members: $49
Non-Members: $74