About BESS

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) is an assessment tool created by local governments in Victoria. It assists builders and developers to show how a proposed development demonstrates sustainable design, at the planning permit stage.

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For Planning Permit Applicants

BESS is easy to use and free of charge. It can assess residential, non-residential and mixed-use developments. Attach a BESS report to your planning permit application and show how your development meets sustainable design objectives.

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For Councils

BESS is designed specifically to support the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework, providing a consistent and streamlined process for Councils and planning permit applicants.

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News

Still awaiting approval from @rwynnemp, here's a great summary of the Panel findings for the proposed ESD LPPs. bit.ly/1QYRmJD
Are you currently renovating? Please help @BESSTool by participating in this survey: bit.ly/RP3021survey #ESD
We are proud to announce that BESS has officially been launched! tinyurl.com/n6q98pd #ESD
Do you have a passion for the sustainable built environment? We have a new position available on the BESS team - tinyurl.com/k7jy55l #ESD
#betterapartments for Victoria - have your say on the @DELWP_Vic discussion paper. tinyurl.com/l75enbt
MAV media release from our awesome launch last week: tinyurl.com/llyxdk2
Victorian Councils taking the lead with BESS and its accompanying planning policy tinyurl.com/pjx8o5t
A good explanation of the @BESSTool and other #ESD rating systems. tinyurl.com/mhas4p4 http://t.co/Uqlix5wvuM
Can prefabricated buildings lead to a more sustainable built environment? Professor Nolan from @UTAS_ says yes! tinyurl.com/ofz8lt3
The built environment of the future? #urbanforest #ESD tinyurl.com/mpfbrzx http://t.co/hHAAkeXWx5
How to improve building performance without increasing cost. An eloquent solution: tinyurl.com/p4v624e #ESD http://t.co/5c4mCx7GCL
Check out this FREE online course from @MonashUni - Water for Liveable and Resilient Cities, starts 2nd March tinyurl.com/kf2bo4a #ESD