CERES Home Assessments 2019-05-28T16:27:18+00:00

CERES Home Assessments

CERES now offers a Home Sustainability Advisory Service. The aim of this service is to provide an individually tailored and prioritised list of recommended changes over a 1-10 year time-span, designed to maximise sustainability and liveability outcomes according to your budget requirements/constraints.

The service includes a site visit to your home or site of your new home to assess building design and systems (where relevant) for:

•  heating  •  cooling  •  ventilation  •  hot water  •  lighting  •  glazing  •  draft proofing  •  insulation

Our service can also include assessment of any architectural sketch plans or building designs (including renovations and extensions). Each consultation would include a report and where relevant sketch plans/ideas (provided 1-2 weeks after visit), which would vary in content according to your needs. The site/home visit component would take approximately 1.5 to 3 hours, allowing time to look throughout the building and engage in various discussions, preferably with all or most occupants available for some of the time.

Please note: this service is completely independent of any commercial organisation and will not be recommending any particular products or service providers. The cost of a consultation is $300 (inc GST). There will be an added travel fee outside 10km radius of CERES of $0.66/km (inc GST) each way, in addition to $20/hr (inc GST) travel time each way, unless otherwise arranged. Please email homeassessments@ceres.org.au to make a booking. A CERES consultant will then contact you to arrange a time and discuss what may be required for the consultation e.g. plans, energy bills etc. Consultations will be carried out by Nick Scott, a sustainability professional with decades of experience in energy efficiency.

For more information email homeassessments@ceres.org.au or call 03 9389 0144.

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Nick Scott is the face of CERES’ EcoHouse. In one way or another, Nick has had a lifelong background and connection with home sustainability. His grandfather, Leslie Bradford, established Bradford Insulation in 1934. His father, Geoff Scott, managed the Victorian factory and office for many years. His father also established a home heating manufacturing business. His parents built a passive solar house in 1980 at Mansfield, Victoria. This house also had a very early flat plate solar hot water service. Nick was very involved with the design, budgeting and construction of a brand new school in Mansfield, Victoria and co-project managed the first few stages of buildings in the late 1990’s. Nick played a key role in the Masterplan design which included design, selection and planting of hundreds of trees and shrubs, long term building design layout, carpark spaces and footpaths. Sustainability and energy efficiency were key components of these buildings in design, materials and energy performance. Both active and passive design elements worked very well. In 2007 Nick completed a double diploma in Renewable Energy and Sustainability and through real passion, achieved excellent results in Sustainable Building Design. Nick has been an educator at CERES Community Environment Park since December 2007, much of which is in the area of energy and water efficiency and sustainable building design across all ages and educational levels. In 2013 Nick successfully completed a scholarship Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability. He also has a background in Mechanical Engineering and garden design for passive design. Nick has been the main person opening the CERES EcoHouse to the public on Saturdays since 2010. Nick has offered much practical advice on active and passive systems to enhance people’s homes, including renovations and retrofits, extensions and new builds. The advice at the EcoHouse is free and independent, as it is not commercially tied to any supplier or trades people. Nick has also helped Sustainability Victoria deliver training programs for Energy and Water Efficiency Retrofitting programs targeting low income families.