Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS)


LID Consulting undertake Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) assessments providing smart sustainable solutions for all building project types.
Why would you choose LID?
  • We recommend practical solutions that improve the energy efficiency of your building, the quality of indoor and outdoor spaces, reduce water use, impacts on surrounding waterways and waste, and help deliver you a better development.
  • We are fast – reports are generally completed in one or two weeks of acceptance, but can be scheduled to meet your needs. We have previously put four members on a job to complete this within 3 hours and help a client out.
  • We have experience with all councils requiring BESS reports
  • Our reports are well respected by councils – we can provide names of council officers who have told us this!
  • Client Testimonials: “Highly recommended – excellent service.” David Fuller – BB Design Group – Building Designers.
    “LID Consulting was a pleasure to deal with. Their professionalism and thoughtfulness helped make the process easy to understand. LID’s prompt response was extremely appreciated”. Alison Gray – Jager Developments P/L.  See our Testimonials page for more.
The BESS is the new generation building sustainability tool developed by the Victorian Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) in conjunction with input from industry. Low Impact Development (LID) Consulting has been involved in the industry consultation process and has successfully submitted feedback and recommendations for inclusion within this new tool. With 5 years experience in sustainability recommendations and submissions using the previous STEPS and SDS tools, LID Consulting is well placed to identify sustainability focussed options and manage development submissions using the new BESS tool.
Call us to discuss the most suitable sustainability inclusions for your particular project. We generally quote within 24 hours, and can deliver reports within 1-2 weeks or to meet specific timelines.
BESS in more detail
This new tool incorporates the earlier requirement to meet best practice stormwater management by satisfying the STORM or MUSIC tools, but is more comprehensive than the previous STEPS and SDS tools. Depending on the development size and type, different options and points are available in each of the following categories:
  • Management
  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Stormwater
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Transport
  • Urban Ecology
  • Innovation
Not all categories need to be passed to have a complying BESS assessment, with the Indoor Environment Quality, Energy, Water and Stormwater categories being the ones requiring a solid category pass. The Indoor Environment Quality category typically requires consideration of daylight in developments other than townhouses. The Energy category may require preliminary energy ratings and/or Section J assessment, to identify that the design can readily achieve the required 6 star residential or Section J non-residential standards, which is useful feedback to designers earlier than would otherwise occur if energy ratings or Section J assessments are undertaken at the building permit stage only. The Water category can be passed with the inclusion of efficient fixtures and rain water tanks connected to toilets. Similarly rain water tanks connected to toilets are beneficial in passing the Stormwater category, as water falling on the site does not enter the stormwater system but is instead properly treated through the sewer system. Note the inclusion of rainwater tanks is also a local Victorian Building Code variation compliance option for class 1 dwellings (the alternatives are solar hot water or heat pump hot water units) so is a smart inclusion as this one inclusion element can tick a number of requirements.
For more detail on BESS assessments feel free to call us or refer to the tool website