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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Welcome Frankston and Boroondara city councils. Now subscribers to BESS.
BESS has been updated to version 1.7.0. We hope you enjoy using this new version - check out what's new at bess.net.au/about/release-…
BESS Class 1 training is now ONLINE. Check it out bess.net.au/support/traini…
@BESSTool is five years old! Happy birthday to us! Thank you Victorian development industry for all your support over the years
BESS v1.6.0 is live - check out the latest update bess.net.au/about/release-…
This weekend BESS will be upgraded to v1.6.0. BESS will be unavailable but will be better than ever on Monday.
Welcome Bayside cIty councils. Now subscribers to BESS.
First BESS Domestic and BESS Advanced Training sessions of 2019 now available. Visit bess.net.au/support/traini… for dates
New BESS Domestic and BESS Advanced Training sessions now available. Visit bess.net.au/site/support/t… … for dates
Welcome Yarra Ranges and Greater Geelong cIty councils. Our latest subscribers to BESS.
Honoured and proud to receive a Highly Commended in the #MAVTech18 Awards for Excellence last night. Thanks… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
BESS now has over 1000 live users! Great to be part of such an engaged community of ESD advocates.