Dear <<First Name>>,
The NSW Government published two amendments to the ESS Rule on 30th May 2014.
The first amendment commenced on 1st June 2014 and removed T5 Adaptor Kits and Retrofit Luminaire (LED Linear Lamps) as eligible activities under the scheme.
The second amendment commences on 1st July 2014 and has far reaching changes including (specifically for commercial lighting):
- Nomination of an ACP must be made prior to installation
- Operating hours will be based on default hours defined by space type and building class – applications for Extended Operating Hours by site will no longer be possible
- Approval of emerging technologies ( eg, LED ) will be changing ; additional equipment requirements for new applications will be required. Application fees by IPART for lodgement of approval are now likely as is the ability for other persons ( other than an ACP) to apply for product acceptance. (NB: Induction Lights per se have not been removed as new eligible equipment as anticipated.) Updated requirements will be published from 1st July.
- The Purchaser must pay a net amount of at least $5 ( excluding GST) per MWh of energy Savings
- In addition to achieving the relevant requirements of AS/NZS 1680, any lighting upgrade must also achieve the requirements of the BCA section F4.4, Safe Movement, and have an IPD equal or less than the maximum IPD for each space as defined in Part J6 of the BCA.
- The Rule continues to allow, as an eligible Energy Savings Activity, Modified Luminaires – LED Linear Lamp. Ie, the removal from an existing fitting of a T8/T12 fluorescent tube along with ballast and the installation of an approved integrated LED Linear Lamp in place of the T8/T12 fluorescent tube. Note: In the accompanying “NSW Government response paper”, the eligibility of this activity appears to be subject to proving that full responsibility for the safety and warranty of the luminaire, as modified, is provided, as if it were a new luminaire.
Noteworthy changes in other areas of the rule also include:
- Project Impact Assessment: Measuring and verifying performance of an implementation under the PIAM method, the introduction of a Measurement and Verification Professional, and 10 years potential projected energy savings calculations. NB: You can talk to NCBA about using this methodology to claim ESCs for your HVAC upgrades, Data Centre efficiency upgrades and building efficiency upgrades.
- Introduction of the Home Energy efficiency retrofit program effective from 1st October 2014, encouraging combination of low cost activities ( draught-proofing, window glazing, low flow showerheads as well as indoor and outdoor lighting upgrades) and high cost activities (such as replacing windows, and installation of efficient air conditioning units and efficient pool pumps).
IPART has stated that updated documentation requirements will be released prior to the commencement of the Rule changes on 1st July, so we expect to see more information very soon. Once IPART has published the update, we will reissue our NCBA documentation pack to ensure all requirements are covered.