National Construction Code 2019 Section J: Aged Care Facility Design – a Case Study

Engineering context

The release of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 edition introduced significant changes to Section J Energy Efficiency. These changes are a big step up from the 2016 edition and aim to improve energy efficiency across the built environment in Australia.

This webinar demonstrates the impact of the changes to Section J on a typical aged care facility design using a case study that complies with the 2016 and 2019 editions.

This will include an analysis of the changes required to the building fabric and systems, the technical and cost impacts of these changes, and the likely challenges to be faced by design and construction teams to meet the new requirements.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the changes to Section J of the NCC
  • Know the requirements to comply with NCC 2019 Section J
  • Be able to improve energy efficiency in building design
  • Understand performance outcomes and benefits of various energy efficiency solutions
  • Know how to overcome the likely challenges in meeting the new requirements


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To keep the profession up-to-date with these important changes, this webinar has been made complimentary to attend by the support of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through the Climate Solutions Package and Engineers Australia’s Environmental College.

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National Construction Code 2019 Section J: Aged Care Facility Design – a Case Study


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Is this course for you?

This webinar is suitable for engineers and related professionals working in the construction industry, particularly on aged care facilities. Roles include:

  • Structural engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Architect
  • Energy efficiency consultant

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Your facilitator for this course

Katie Fallowfield is a Director - Sustainability at WSP.

Katie’s extensive experience in sustainable design has led to a thorough understanding of the various options available for thermal comfort and resource efficiency from an individual dwelling to precinct scale applications.

Her previous experience with local government provides an in depth understanding of the planning process and regulatory controls in development. In particular, her extensive exposure to high density mixed use precincts include the next generation of high rise residential development in Sydney, namely: One Central Park and The Mark at Central Park; and Greenland Centre (115 Bathurst Street), which is slated to be Sydney CBD's tallest residential tower when constructed.

Katie is a Green Star Accredited Professional, NatHERS Accredited Assessor, LEED Accredited Professional and has a distinct passion for passive design and achieving the best environmental outcome for projects through the simplest and most cost effective measures.


Ben Gibbs is an Associate Sustainability at WSP and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Ben specialises in the sustainable development of buildings and infrastructure. He has experience in delivering a wide variety of sustainable designs and solutions, particularly those aiming to improve energy efficiency, incorporate elements of passive building design and integrate occupant wellbeing in the built environment.

Ben has worked on a variety of projects throughout Australia as well as internationally, including leading the Sustainability discipline on the Queen’s Wharf project in Brisbane.

Ben is a Green Star Design and As-Built Accredited Professional, LEED Green Associate, WELL Accredited Professional and Fitwel Ambassador.

Full Course Outline

  •  Introduction to National Construction Code (NCC) 2019
  • Overview of Section J
  • Aged Care Facility Design Case Study
    • Overview of building and its services
    • Comparison of Section J 2016 and 2019 edition requirements
    • Changes to comply with NCC 2019
    • Energy efficiency performance solutions
    • Variations and points of interest
    • Challenges for design and construction teams