BriefEzy (previously known as the ESD Matrix) produces ESD requirements that can be included in architectural tender / quotation documentation to outline the sustainability requirements of each council project.

It is completed by council officers as part of the preparation of tender documentation, and the results included in the documentation when seeking architectural services. Considerations include:

  • Project budget
  • Type and size of facility
  • Use of facility
  • Availability of recycled water
  • Climate zone of facility

BriefEzy is versatile and adaptable. Councils can choose the level of ESD they are aiming for (essential, best practice and leading) and tailor the outputs to suite their specific requirements. The basic (essential) level outputs would be expected to add less than 5% to the cost of a building. The medium (best practice) outputs would be expected to add 5% to 8% to the building cost, whilst the high level (leading) outputs would be expected to add 8% to 13%. Many initiatives within each level have attractive payback periods.

Many Councils have implemented Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP). SDAPP has established the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard to measure the design of private development and ensure it exceeds the minimum Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements in relation to Sustainable Design. It is important that all Councils are encouraged to meet or exceed the requirements being established by BESS, for Councils’ own buildings. The basic level of BriefEzy is conducive to the design meeting or exceeding a BESS pass mark, though individual Councils will retain the ability to modify the outputs to suit their specific project aspirations.

Report: BriefEzy Update Report September 2020

For more information please contact Daniel Pleiter, Projects Coordinator


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