Rebates for home sustainability assessments

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Have you had plans developed or are you looking at building in the near future and want to ensure comfort, energy and water efficiency? Council is offering $200 rebates towards engaging a sustainability expert to assess your plans.

What is a sustainability assessment?

An independent sustainability assessment of your plans will help identify opportunities to ensure comfort all year around and maximise energy and water efficiency. Building and renovating in a sustainable way will help lower your long-term operating costs and help your local environment.

The assessor will review plans and specifications, documents and site photos submitted by you before providing a detailed report with recommendations for improving the performance of a building or design.

These could include:

  • house orientation
  • position of windows
  • solar PV
  • water heating systems
  • rainwater tanks
  • LED lighting

Estimated costs of such enhancements, if applicable, will also be provided. Specific product or brand recommendations may be made by the assessor but it is up you or your builder to consider all the options available.

Rebates available

Council is offering $200 rebates towards the cost of engaging an independent sustainability assessor to review any building or renovation plans which require Council approval. This review will help to identify missed opportunities for improving comfort, efficiency and ongoing cost savings before construction begins.

The process

  1. A sustainability assessment stage should be undertaken before the development application (DA) or pre-DA stage. You can find an assessor of your choice on the ABSA website. A number of assessors accredited with the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) have expressed an interest in offering this service to Ku-ring-gai residents. The charges for this kind of sustainability assessment service range from $350 - $1875, depending on the size of your development. It is recommended you contact several assessors directly before selecting one that meets your needs. Consider asking for more information about their services and charges, as well as a sample report.
  2. Once you have selected an assessor, please apply for rebate pre-approval by emailing us and providing your details, build location and sustainability assessor selected. It is important to ensure the availability of the rebate before you proceed as limited funds are available for this program. If funds are available, you can expect to receive the pre-approval within two working days from the date of application.
  3. With your written pre-approval from Ku-ring-gai Council, you can arrange for the sustainability assessment to proceed.  The assessment should be completed within five weeks of the pre-approval advice from Council.

The $200 rebate can be claimed from Council upon submission of the assessment report and invoice from the assessor. Please note that irrespective of the cost charged by the assessor the rebate will be limited to $200.

Local Accredited Assessors

You can find a local accredited assessor here Australian Building Sustainability Association (ABSA)

Contact

Please contact Julie Montenoise on 9424 0972 or email jmontenoise@kmc.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions.