I would like to know if NatHERS can assess Class 1b dwellings?

Subjects
  • Class 1b
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  • All States
Last Updated: February 20, 2020

ANSWER:

This response is dependent on the software used.

NatHERS Deemed to Satisfy approach is suitable for all Class 1 buildings.

A class 1b building is a one of the Class 1 building types. A class 1 b hostel cannot exceed 300m2 and is envisaged to be a residence for a number of occupants (12 max) with a number of bedrooms plus shared lounge and kitchen.  Accordingly it will have a similar thermal performance profile to a large house. If a Class 1b building design indicates multiple kitchenettes then a NatHERS will not be suitable to substantiate compliance.

HERS is for Classes 1a,  2 & 4. If you want to use the HERS software then it will need to be used as a Performance Solution. If there are other kitchenettes, as in a Class 1 dwelling, then they become Day Time zones.