User Interface Changes
Managing Projects - In 1.6.0 projects are "snapshotted" when published. The snapshotted version of the project shows in the version history on the Projects page and the project remains in editable form. Users can now publish projects and easily adjust them after submission for future re-submissions (no copying required).
Editor Grids - The editor grids in Project Details, Water, IEQ & Energy sections have changed to allow users to make wholesale changes & updates before committing them to the project to be recalculated. This allows for faster and more accurate results representing a complete state of the section to be displayed to the user. Editor grids also support validation to ensure that all relevant inputs required for the calculated results to make sense are provided.
Non Residential Spaces - The Project Details section now allows for multiple non-residential spaces of the same building class but different services to be entered to easily and more accurately model the development.
Sharing Project Reports - All projects now have a unique randomly generated Alpha-Numeric code (i.e. "AB1234C5") that is provided on the reports and project pages. This unique code improves security and in future, will allow project reports to be securely and safely shared to parties that need access that may not have a BESS account.
Credit Results - Calculated credit results are now updated when the credit is recalculated. Previously just the score section would dynamically update and a page reload would be required to obtain the calculated results.
Energy Profile Questions - These questions have been reordered to ensure all the key profiling questions are asked first and not shifted after dependent sections like DTS.
Project Report Info - Project reports for projects updated or published since 1.6 will now include information on the exact Version and software build number of BESS it was generated from.
Scoring & Credit Changes
Water Use Credit - Water Credits 1.1 and 2.1 have been combined and now allow for Recycled Water to be taken into account. Water can be sourced from Rainwater Tanks and/or Recycled Water systems for this credit. Fixtures and appliances have been updated in line with current WELS ratings and market availability.
Central Hot Water Systems - Hot Water system options have been simplified and a new Central System profiling question introduced to model a wider range of Hot Water system configurations.
Energy 3.3 / 3.4 - Items to be marked on floorplans have been updated.
Energy 4.5 - A new solar photovoltaic credit has been introduced for Class 1 developments where solar power is providing at least 30% of the building classes' energy requirements.
IEQ - New Cross Ventilation credit in IEQ for single res / townhouses.
IEQ - Winter sunlight credit has been disconnected from the DTS and in-built calculator and now has entry in the credit only.
Transport - Visitor bike parking ratio has been updated to 1 space required per 5 dwelling occupants.
Transport 1.3 is only achievable when Transport 1.1 is achieved.
Transport 1.4 / 1.5 - More accurate wording has been supplied for these credit criteria. Whilst the credit scoring is still based on yes/no answers, a "number of bicycle places provided" input is provided for the project owner to provide information supporting this credit.
Transport - Showers and lockers required is now based on how many bicycle places are being provided instead of building area.
Energy - Greenhouse Gas Factors used in energy calculations have been updated.
Energy - NatHERS Climate Zones - have been updated for victorian postcodes.
Other Minor Changes
Terminology: Living areas has been renamed Habitable areas in BESS.
Existing and new projects
New projects - will be created in the latest version (v1.6)
Existing draft v1.3, v1.4 and v1.5 projects - as before, you will be asked if you want to upgrade the project to the latest version (v1.6) when you open the project. You can keep the project as the existing version (i.e. v1.3, v1.4 or v1.5) if you wish, though this is not recommended as existing bugs will remain.
Existing published v1.3, v1.4 and v1.5 projects - you will be able to view and print your project as that version (i.e. v1.3, v1.4 or v1.5). If you copy the project as a new version, the project will be upgraded to the latest version (v1.6) and your project score may change. If you wish to keep your project as the existing version (i.e. v1.3, v1.4 or v1.5), please contact the BESS support team through the Contact page.
BESS has been updated to run over HTTPS
Changes in 1.5.1 that went live 26 February 2018:
Project numbers shown in Projects list
Tool note content added to BESS search results
Copying projects no longer updates the original project modified date.
Transport credit 2.3 Motorbikes/mopeds allows scoping out
Updated dwelling type to "Dwelling in a class 5-9 building" for clarity
Project details for dwelling extensions/renovations no longer shows overall dwelling area as an input
Reworded IEQ credit 3.2 Thermal comfort – shading question
Updated wording to Non-Residential Energy Deemed-To-Satisfy (DTS) questions for clarity
Water credit 1.1 Potable water use reduction (interior uses) fix to proposed/reference value calculations
Fix for Select All in Water fixtures, fittings and connections table
Fix for disabled credits showing a score
Fix for IEQ Deemed-To-Satisfy (DTS) questions that led to situation where no credits provided depending on sequence of questions answered
Fix for Daylight calculator incorrectly counting all rooms as bedrooms after 10 room profiles added
Fix for Energy credit 1.1 Thermal performance rating - Non-residential score awarded for >20% reduction
Fix for dependent credits that sometimes remained scoped out once re-enabled
Transport credit 1.6 End of Trip Facilities - Non-Residential dependency rule fix
Area climatic correction factor updated to handle dwellings above 1000sqm in size
Welcome to BESS v1.5!
This upgrade includes user experience features and improved scoring for mixed-use projects.
- automatic saving and updating of results
- more interim results in energy and water, including potable water consumption, hot water energy consumption and clothes drying energy consumption
- updated Tool Notes and help info
- revised workflow for submitting completed assessments
- improved validation - some calculations won't run until required data is entered
- scoring weighted by area of each building type.
BESS scoring has been updated to better reflect the composition of developments with multiple building classes. This change was part of the update to v1.5 and the score of your unpublished projects may change.
Scoring is now weighted by area of each building type (e.g. shop, dwellings).
This means that commitments and calculations related to building types with a high proportion of floor area have a higher impact on the score in a credit and within a category.
Existing and new projects
New projects - will be created in the latest version (v1.5)
Existing draft v1.4 projects - will be automatically upgraded to the latest version (v1.5) when you make any changes to the project. Your project score may change.
Existing draft v1.3 projects - as before, you will be asked if you want to upgrade the project to v1.5 when you open the project. You can keep the project as v1.3 if you wish, though this is not recommended as existing v1.3 bugs will remain.
Existing published v1.4 projects - you will be able to view and print your project as v1.4. If you copy the project as a new version, the project will be upgraded to the latest version (v1.5) and your project score may change.
Existing published v1.3 projects - as before, you will be able to view and print your project as v1.3. If you copy the project as a new version, the project will be upgraded to the latest version (v1.5) and your project score may change.