BCA Section J Report

The BCA Section J Report is a document that shows how the proposed building complies with the relevant Energy Efficiency requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

The Building Code of Australia (BCA), in the National Construction Code series, contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures.

The BCA addresses the following matters:

  • Structural Adequacy

  • Fire Resistance

  • Access and Egress

  • Services and Equipment

  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

  • Provisions for the Health and Amenity of Occupants.

A BCA Section J Report is therefore required by local councils and building authorities when applying for a building permit or Construction Certificate (CC).

Our experienced consultants provide expert advice and recommendations tailored to meet your project objectives and minimise construction costs.

All non-residential buildings, including an office, retail, warehouse, factory, laboratory, public, healthcare, aged care, church, school, and carpark will require a BCA Section J Report. There are also certain types of residential buildings which this applies to, including an apartment block (Class 2), boarding house or hostel (Class 3) and a dwelling located in a non-residential building such as a caretaker apartment (Class 4). 

Generally any building works which require a building permit will need a BCA Section J Report in order to obtain approval. This includes the construction of new buildings, as well as most additions and alterations to existing buildings.

Our BCA Section J reporting and assessment service is comprehensive and efficient, and is designed to meet the needs of our busy clients. All non-residential buildings require a BCA Section J Report in order to be granted a building permit or Construction Certificate (CC). We provide reports for all types of buildings, across all states of Australia.

BCA Section J Report and Assessment Service

  • Detailed assessment of the building plans

  • Clear and concise recommendations to address areas of non-compliance

  • Comprehensive BCA Section J Report - as required to obtain a Building Permit / Construction Certificate (CC)

  • Professional and efficient service tailored to meet your project objectives

BCA Section J Assessment Methods

There are two (2) methods to determine compliance of a building under BCA Section J. 

These are:

  • Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) and;

  • Verification using a reference building (JV3).

DTS is the most common and straight forward method, and is suitable for most buildings. It involves a desktop review of the building plans to verify compliance with relevant provisions of the BCA Section J.

The second method, JV3 requires advanced thermal modelling and is primarily used when compliance via DTS is not possible or where substantial construction cost savings can be made. Generally DTS is the preferred method, as it is usually the most straight forward and less labour intensive to conduct.

JV3 is most commonly used for designs where compliance under DTS is not possible, or where there is the potential for construction cost savings.  Upon completion you will be provided with a PDF copy of the BCA Section J Report clearly summarising any compliance requirements, ready for submission to the local building authority.

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OUR BCA Section J Assessment Process

  1. Client provides building drawings 

  2. Determine DTS provisions and specifications applicable to the building class and climate zone 

  3. Desktop review of building drawings and specifications against DTS provisions of BCA, Vol.1 

  4. Determine items of non-compliance, and provide recommendations accordingly 

  5. Provide comprehensive BCA Section J Report for building permit 

Drawings required

  • Site Plan

  • Floor Plan/s

  • Elevations

  • Sections

  • Window Schedule (new & existing)

  • Details of A/C, heating, and ventilation system/s

    Email us and send through your plans and we will respond within 24 hours with a fee proposal.

Please specify your preferred turnaround time as per below and we will provide the draft report as required.

  • 3 business days

  • 5 business days; or

  • 10 business days