NABERS has released an Expression of Interest for qualified professionals to become members of the NABERS Independent Design Review (IDR) panel for an initial period of three years.

IDR panel members review design documentation and energy models created for NABERS Commitment Agreements. NABERS Commitment Agreements allow buildings that do not yet have existing energy use data, such as new buildings or those going through major refurbishments, to commit to achieving a specific NABERS rating. Reviewers must be on the panel to be qualified to conduct IDRs valid for NABERS Commitment Agreements. 

NABERS is seeking expressions of interest for IDR panel membership for:

  • Spaces that can currently use Commitment Agreements
    • Office buildings (whole and base)
    • Office tenancies
    • Hotels.
  • Spaces that will soon be able to use Commitment Agreements
    • Shopping centres
    • Data centres (IT equipment, infrastructure and whole facility)
    • Apartment buildings.

We invite you to review the EOI criteria and scope of works required and submit an offer for these services if you qualify.

Tender documentation is available electronically from the NSW eTendering website. Applications are to be lodged electronically through the same site. This Request for Tender (RFT) is an open tender that is open to all qualified professionals.

RFT Title: NABERS Independent Design Review panel refresh and extension
RFT/RFQ No: EOI_2110

The tender is scheduled to close on Friday, 14th December 2018 at 10 am. We strongly recommend you submit your application early as file size can slow downloads and late submissions will not be accepted.

TOPIC: Airtightness & House Energy Rating Data

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
7:00 pm on – Networking

Light refreshments will be provided.

Note: We are investigating webinar access for those outside Melbourne, so stay tuned!

FEE: $25

Guest speakers and presentations:

Airtight Buildings – What is all the hot air about?
Matej Culanic, Aurecon

Matej will be exploring how airtightness in commercial buildings impact upon their energy consumption while making sense of conflicting information available on their benefits and detriments. He will discuss how different energy modelling tools used by the industry analyses and calculate the impacts of airtightness.

Matej is an ESD Engineer and Certified Passive House consultant who is part of Aurecon’s sustainability team. He has completed a master’s degree in energy efficiency modelling with a keen passion for simplifying sustainability integration in projects, building energy & daylight modelling, building performance and optimisation.

NatHERS interactive data visualisation dashboard
Michael Ambrose, CSIRO

Michael will be presenting on his current work undertaking analysis of house energy rating data obtained from the more than 450,000 Universal Certificates that have been created as part of the NatHERS energy efficiency compliance requirements for new houses within the NCC. He will share a preview of the interactive data visualisation dashboard he created to allow users to explore the data geospatially to discover area-specific trends and practices.

Michael joined CSIRO in 1992 and is a senior experimental scientist in CSIRO’s Land and Water and has a degree in architecture. He leads projects for industry and the Australian government, involving building energy efficiency, life cycle analysis and sustainable urban development. Michael is the author of numerous book chapters, papers and reports on building energy efficiency and urban sustainability.

The AGM of IBPSA Australasia will be held 5.30-7pm on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the L1 David Norman Room at Norman, Disney & Young’s Sydney office and by phone conference.

This is also your opportunity to nominate for any of the board positions below. To do so please send 250 words supporting your reason for nomination and CV to

The purpose of the AGM will be to:

  • Review the year
  • Establish strategic directions (what do we want out of IBPSA)
  • Establish activities for 2018-2019
  • Consider our alliances and relationships with other associations
  • Vote on Board Positions – see description below:

All IBPSA members are invited to attend and participate – please RSVP to

Event Details:
Date 25 October 2018
Time 5:30pm
Venue Norman Disney & Young’s Office
L1 60 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060, Australia

Dial in details: To be provided upon RSVP

TOPIC: Project Case Studies in Daylighting and CFD, sponsored by WSP

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
7:00 pm on – Networking (food & drinks provided)

FEE: Professionals: $10, Students: Free

WEBINAR: Starts at 6:00 pm. Join the meeting:

*Please be patient with if us there are audio quality issues with the webinar, we are still working out the kinks. Recordings will be posted on youtube, link to be shared after the meeting. 

CPD POINTS: To be announced


Speaker bios and talk descriptions to be added…

1. Alexandra Bogdanova – Daylighting, Steensen Varming

2. Lachlan Finn – Daylighting, Atelier Ten

3. Alexander Hespe – CFD, Arup

Seminar series comes back to Sydney on two weeks! This one will be on the topic of Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency.

Are all artificially created indoor environments the same from comfort perspective?

Are there combinations of natural and artificial means to attain a good indoor environment specifically to minimise energy and impact on climate change?

This Seminar is approved for 2 Sustainable Development CPD points from GBCA.

Webinar Information (No registration required for the webinar):

Join the meeting:

Webinar will start at 6:00 pm

Are Energy Efficiency and Indoor Comfort Mutually Exclusive?

Guest Speakers and Presentations:
Laura’s Comfortable Experience – Ashak Nathwani, University of Sydney and Mahsan Sadeghi, Renson
Are Energy Efficiency and Indoor Comfort Mutually Exclusive? – Dennis Lee, NABERS

Event Details:
     9 August 2018
Time        5:30pm (6pm start) – 8 pm
Venue      NDY Office
Level 1, 60 Miller Street
North Sydney
Tickets    $10, Register via Eventbrite

Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of NDY.