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Section J and beyond – Regulation changes and impacts, featuring case studies

28 Oct 2020 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT


2 formal CPD points | Free to attend via Zoom for the first 300 participants

Thermal performance in Australia’s built environment has seen massive improvements from the very low levels of 30 years ago, however, there is no doubt that there are still significant opportunities for further improvement.

Energy efficiency changes to NCC introduced in 2019 are a step in the right direction with further improvements mooted for 2022. Understanding these changes, their impact on building design and the opportunities they provide are important factors for all architects.

Bondor in conjunction with BCA Energy will present an overview of the changes in the NCC 2019 as they relate to thermal performance in general and the implications for insulated panels in particular.

Homeira Aryanpad from Bondor_Metecno will discuss the implication for insulated panels. She will explore recent independent research to demonstrate the opportunities for Architects to meet the increased stringency levels using innovative products and methodologies.

Robert Romanous from BCA Energy will cover the Section J changes in NCC 2019, focusing on J1- Building Fabric. He will overview the requirements for the roof, wall, and floor configurations. Along with detailing the new façade calculation method for insulation and glazing, and explore the impacts of thermal bridging within commercial and residential buildings.

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Learning outcomes

At the end of part 1 of this presentation you should be able to

  • Outline the recent changes in AS/NZS 4859.1
  • Explain the impact of energy efficient housing on the overall reductions in Green House Gas emissions
  • Describe the effect of substandard install of insulation on thermal efficiency of buildings, and how continuous insulation can assist in achieving thermal efficiency
  • Outline how the use of innovative products can achieve 9.5 star and a net zero energy home in practice
  • Explain how the relationships between different stakeholders can contribute to a positive impact on the long term energy efficiency of buildings.

At the end of part 2 of this presentation you should be able to

  • Summarise the objectives of Section J and why changes have occurred for NCC 2019.
  • Outline an overview of Section J and Section J1 – Building Fabric.
  • Explain the impact of the NCC 2019 changes on glazing U-value and SHGC performance.
  • Describe the impact of thermal bridging within NCC 2019.

National Standard of Competency for Architects:

  • Design: Project Briefing 1.4
  • Design: Conceptual Design 3.3, 3.4, 3.7
  • Design: Schematic Design 4.6
  • Documentation: Detailed Design 5.3, 5.5


Homeira Aryanpad

Homeira Aryanpad is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a Civil Engineering degree from Adelaide University. She has over 25 years of experience as an engineer in the building industry mainly within the manufacturing field as well as consultancy – specifically in the design and construction of airports. Homeira designed and built Bondor’s NATA approved Cyclonic testing facility, and is a representative of a number of Australian Standards committees.

Her main expertise lie in the engineering research, product development, technical solutions and advice, although she has various diverse projects under her belt, from developing websites, eCommerce solutions and engineering software as well as managing construction projects, process improvement and business integrations.

Homeira is the National Technical Services Manager for the Bondor Metecno Group.

Robert Romanous

Robert has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Technology Sydney, with a Diploma in Engineering Practice and Cert IV in NatHERS Assessment. During his study and consultancy work, he has focused on the sustainable design, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings.

Experience in thermal and energy modelling software, including IES VE, BERSpro and FirstRate5, combined with an understanding of building principles, allows Robert to provide his clients with practical design solutions. Due to the introduction of tighter thermal bridging restrictions into the NCC 2019 Section J, Robert and his team have been working with architects and Façade product manufacturers to streamline this transition across all building sectors.

Robert is currently the ESD Manager at BCA Energy.

Event partner

This session is proudly supported by the Institute’s National Corporate Partner Bondor®.

Bondor® is Australia’s leader in complete thermal building solutions and lightweight architectural panels. More than just the leading manufacturer of insulated panels, Bondor® has unrivalled experience in design assistance and construction. 

As Australia’s only manufacturer, distributor and installer of EPS-FR cored panel, Factory Mutual Approved PIR cored panel and Factory Mutual Approved Mineral Fibre cored panel, Bondor® is in a unique position to be able to offer its customers impartial advice on the right insulated panel solution to meet their needs.


28 Oct 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT
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