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

We are pleased to announce BESS V1.4 is now live! Go to bess.net.au to try our upgraded tool.
Check out this article on The Fifth Estate | Regenerative development in Australia thefifthestate.com.au/articles/regen… via @FifthEstateAU
MAV announces program for 2016 Environment Conference. CASBE to talk about our work supporting energy efficiency mav.asn.au/events/Pages/m…
CASBE is talking at Funding and Implementing Energy Efficiency and Sustainability I Sydney Aug 23 & 24 criterionconferences.com/event/pse/agen…
Alan Pears talking on "Low carbon lessons from Asia-Pacific cities" . eventbrite.com.au/e/low-carbon-l… @Eventbrite
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