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Creating wall systems need not be an arduous task. Jump onto our Wall Systems App, pick a pre-built supplier template or build your own.

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Design wall systems to meet your project requirements.

From thermal bridging to r-value calculations, and condensation to lifecycle assessment, the Wall Systems App is quick, easy to use and meets building code requirements.

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Building code compliance, the easy way.

Keep the design team productive with our 1-click, customisable reports that meet building code compliance.

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Our demo sessions provide a platform overview, not a sales pitch, typically used as an opportunity to ask broad or technical questions about Speckel features, testing and building code compliance.

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Frequently asked questions.

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Security

Is my data secure?

Using AWS Could Security, Speckel secures your data via a network architected to protect your personal information, identities, applications, and devices is provided. Upon written request, Speckel Support can obtain access to your private project or design data. We choose not to share any data or resell data in any form. Backups are performed daily, so the risk of data loss is very low.

Other

Does Speckel support all browsers?

Our primary testing is undertaken within Chromium based browsers. The Chromium codebase is widely used. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Samsung Internet, Opera, and many other browsers are based on the code. Firefox and Safari are generally less supported but are unlikely to cause any major issues relating to performance or general experience.

Other

Will my internet connect impact using Speckel?

On the occasion where you are accessing Speckel from a remote location with slow connection speeds or are connecting to your phone for Wi-Fi, you may experience a reduction in performance. This would be no different for any other website. Otherwise, our Sydney based servers are fast, secure and should ensure a great experience while working within your browser!

Plans

What is the Enterprise plan?

The Enterprise plan has been created with big teams (> 8 seats) in mind. However, it goes further than more seats. Its key additional features include an independent IP configured instance of the entire Speckel platform, hosted on our server, to provide additional security for security-sensitive projects. It also embeds company-wide training and provides quarterly analytics of project performance and productivity.

Other

Can Speckel be used to meet Built Environment Score Card (BESS) requirements.

As of January 2022, Speckel can meet daylight modelling requirements for the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS). 1.1 - Daylight Access - Living Areas, 1.2 - Daylight Access – Bedrooms. 1.3, and Daylight Access - Non-Residential. 1.5. These are undertaken in the Building Assessment app. Further features, including daylight autonomy, are currently in development.

Other

Can I undertake daylight modelling using Speckel?

Yes, you can. Speckel is now running Radiance, the globally preferred simulation engine for solar control, lighting, and daylighting design. As such, you can now run daylight modelling assessments using daylight factors. This is perfect to meet the requirements of the National Construction Code or Built Environment Scope Card (BESS).

Other

Can I report results from the Floor Systems App?

For those that need no nonsense reporting, all Practice level users (and above) can get access to 1-click, customisable reporting to send off to the wider design team or building surveyor.

Workshops and Training

Floor System App tutorials?

We have you covered. Simply jump onto The Guide and you can search for Floor System app tutorials and other related subjects.

What is a Floor System?

We use the term roof system to define all materials and control layers from the exterior to the interior of a floor. By defining the properties of these elements, we can automatically run performance calculations so all you need to do is specify.

Other

What can I use the Floor System App for?

Our Floor System App has multiple applications, including thermal bridging, r-value calculations, lifecycle assessments and more.

With no need for any prior knowledge, the Floor System App allows anyone to build and specify a floor system in seconds and verify the design with your team via or with our detailed yet customisable reporting.

Can I report results from the Glazing Systems App?

For those that need no nonsense reporting, all Practice level users (and above) can get access to 1-click, customisable reporting to send off to the wider design team or building surveyor.

Workshops and Training

Glazing System App tutorials?

We have you covered. Simply jump onto The Guide and you can search for Glazing System app tutorials and other related subjects.

Other

What are the impact of subframes?

Subframes are the supporting elements at the head and sill of a glazing system. As a component of the glazing system, the framing typically has high thermal losses and thus sub sills are required to be assessed within the NCC 2019 – Vol 1 as per Schedule 3 – Definitions for Glazing and Total System U-Value requirements.

The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) do not include subframes and have other embedded modelling principles that fail to accurately represent glazing systems.

Other

Is Speckel similar to WERS?

Our Glazing Systems App is a more advanced approach to the glazing systems assessments.

The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) provides a rating system for the assessment of glazing performance and state to be compliant with the NCC 2019 – Vol 1. To date, the commercial glazing industry has not traditionally used WERS values when considering the overall performance of glazing systems as the market has identified multiple reasons that justify commercial glazing not adopting WERS values.

As the WERS rating system only aims to compare one glazing system at a specific size against another, it does not provide the performance values required for the optimisation of a building envelope where calculation accuracy is required. In addition, WERS values typically exclude subframes thermal losses while its supporting AFRC methodology is not a recognised Standard. As such, published WERS data typically ignore subframe thermal losses while suppliers are unlikely to include them as they create a lower performance value and an unfair comparison.

Other

Total U-value calculations and NCC 2019?

To calculate glazing system performance values, the primary requirement within the NCC 2019 – Vol 1 is to meet the definitions within Schedule 3 through a recognised repeatable calculation methodology and provide evidence to support compliance with a relevant ABCB protocol. There is no ABCB protocol for this subject matter and no stated Standard within the NCC 2019 – Vol 1.

Other

What is a Total U-value calculation?

Our Glazing Systems app undertakes vision area System U-values and SHGC calculations in line with ISO 15099: 2003 - Thermal performance of windows, doors and shading devices — Detailed calculations.

The procedures within ISO 15099: 2003 give the actual thermal performance of fenestration products for use in building energy analysis and for the evaluation of products in specific building applications. These procedures are used to produce data to compare products by using standardised NFRC 100 boundary conditions.

This International Standard is also intended as a reference document for the description of models used in computer programs for a detailed calculation of the thermal and optical transmission properties of window and door systems.

Other

What is a Glazing System?

We use the term glazing system to define all materials and control layers from the exterior to the interior of a glazing line. By defining the properties of these elements, we can automatically run performance calculations so all you need to do is specify.

For those interested in Standards and specifics, our Glazing Systems App undertakes vision area System U-values and SHGC calculations in line with ISO 15099: 2003 - Thermal performance of windows, doors and shading devices — Detailed calculations.

Other

What can I use the Glazing System App for?

Our Glazing Systems App has multiple applications, including system u-value calculations for vision and spandrel systems.

With no need for any prior knowledge, the Glazing Systems App allows anyone to build and specify a wall system in seconds and verify the design with your team via or with our detailed yet customisable reporting.

Can I report results from the Roof Systems App?

For those that need no nonsense reporting, all Practice level users (and above) can get access to 1-click, customisable reporting to send off to the wider design team or building surveyor.

Roof System App tutorials?

We have you covered. Simply jump onto The Guide and you can search for Roof System app tutorials and other related subjects.

Other

What are the impacts of thermal bridging?

Thermal bridging describes a design or construction detail where there is a direct connection between the inside and outside through one or more elements that are more thermally conductive than the rest of the building envelope.

The rate of heat transfer depends on the thermal conductivity of the material and the temperature difference on either side of the thermal bridge. When a temperature difference is present, heat flow will follow the path of least resistance through the material with the highest thermal conductivity and lowest thermal resistance, creating the thermal bridge.

Other

What is a thermal bridge?

External walls are often structurally supported by timber or steel partitions. Such partitions typically run through the thermal control layer and represent (the combination of frame plates and noggins) between 10 – 15% of the overall area of a standard full-height wall. These are known as construction thermal bridges.

As a result of this thermal bridging effect, they increase the overall thermal transmittance of the wall and need to be considered. Steel wall frames, with high thermal conductivity, are particularly poor performing and may need to consider non-combustible thermal breaks to ensure a continuity of the thermal control layer.

Other

Total R-value calculations and NZS 4214:2006?

Our Roof Systems app undertakes thermal resistance calculations inline with J 1.5 - Total System R-value for walls, roofs and floors based on AS/NZ 4859.2and NZS 4214:2006: 2006.

As there are two references within NCC 2019, a primary (AS/NZS 4859.2:2018) and a secondary (NZS 4214:2006: 2006:2006) reference, Speckel must undertake both as appropriate.

Other

What is a Total R-value calculation?

A Total R-value calculation for roof systems involves both the thermal performance of roof material and thermal bridges such as timber or steel framing. For more information, click here.

Our Roof System App takes the complexity out of this calculation to provide you with a simple and flexible R-value app that generates results in a matter of seconds.

Other

What is a Roof System on Speckel?

We use the term roof system to define all materials and control layers from the exterior to the interior of a wall. By defining the properties of these elements, we can automatically run performance calculations so all you need to do is specify.

Other

What can I use the Roof System App for?

Our Roof System App has multiple applications, including thermal bridging, r-value calculations, lifecycle assessments and more.

With no need for any prior knowledge, the Roof Systems App allows anyone to build and specify a roof system in seconds and verify the design with your team via or with our detailed yet customisable reporting.

Other

Can I customise my reports?

When using our apps, we allow Themes to be applied to reports so you can align your company branding with an output from Speckel. Reports are available in Practice Level only.

Creating Themes and applying them is a premium feature for Practise and Enterprise Level users only. If a Community Level user, you can still have a play but you will not be able to apply the Theme. Simply navigate to the Teams admin area to begin creating your Theme.

Other

Can I use concept building envelope specifications in the Building Assessment App?

Sure. we give you the option to either pick some performance values related to the building envelope component or you can bring in pre-built building envelope components from our other apps. Both options are super simple.

Workshops and Training

Are any tutorials available for the Building Assessment App?

Our Guide area is our home for all things support based, free and open to all. The easiest way to find tutorials is to use the search function. Jump on and search for 'Building App' and you can get going.

Other

Is the Building App similar to the ABCB Facade tool?

The building app uses the methodologies outlined in Specification J1.5a Calculation of U-Value and solar admittance. The only difference between the ABCB Façade calculator and the building app is that we take a more detailed approach to the design process, allowing real, verified specifications to be used as opposed to simply putting numbers into a spreadsheet.

Other

Can i use the Building app reporting to meet National Construction Code requirements?

100%. We have users using all our apps to illustrate National Construction Code requirements daily. Simply publish our reports and send them off to your design team or building surveyor. Job done!

Other

What can I use the Thermal Comfort App for?

Our building app is currently focused on National Construction Code requirements. With no need for any prior knowledge or calculation insights, the Building app allows anyone to build and specify a building rapidly. Once achieved, your can verify the design with your team via or publish detailed, customisable reports.

Other

Can I undertake VURB modelling on Speckel for NCC 2019 Energy Efficiency requirements?

No. While we have sought confirmation and built a prototype for the Energy Efficiency requirements for Vol 2 of the National Construction Code, we have chosen not to implement it. As a result of clear conflicts and unintended outcomes embedded within the VURB modelling process, we do not support its application in energy-efficient design.

Trial

Is the 28-day trial free?

Yes. It is 100% free and provides access to all Speckel apps and features.

Does Speckel meet Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) requirements for daylight modelling?

Yes, Speckel uses the open-source lighting engine, Radiance (version 5.2) for our Daylight Factor simulations. Using our Building Assessment App, customers can undertake assessments for 1.1 - Daylight Access - Living Areas, 1.2 - Daylight Access – Bedrooms, and 1.4 - Daylight Access - Non-Residential.

Other

Does Speckel meet and undertake the new New Zealand H1 Energy Efficiency requirements?

Yes. Launching in February 2022, Speckel will be available to assess Acceptable Solutions H1/AS1 + H1/AS2 and Verification Method H1/VM1 + H1/VM2 in our Building Assessment Apps.

Other

Does the Building Assessment App automate the National Construction Code DTS provisions?

100%. To improve productivity and the headache of creating a DTS reference building when undertaking JV3 assessments, we have automated the process. So when designing in the Building Assessment App, the DTS reference building is created via the same geometry that you would need to define for the proposed building.

Other

Are the Australian and New Zealand Speckel platforms the same?

The Australian and New Zealand platforms are entirely separate, offering similar apps, but with differing calculations pertaining to local building code requirements. For our New Zealand based customers, we will be transferring your account from the Australian platform to the New Zealand platform in early February 2022.

Workshops and Training

Whats in a Demo?

Anything you like really. Demos are provided for 20 minutes at a time and can be booked at a time and date that suits you. They are intended as an open forum for new customers to ask questions or get further guidance on how to use our platform.

Workshops and Training

Are workshops included within my Practice Level subscription?

Once at the Practice level, one of the team will arrange for an introduction to run through some features on the platform. This is general in nature and only has learning outcomes related to ensuring you get going as quickly as possible!

Workshops and Training

Do you offer CPD points?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificates are issued for all attendees, when required. At the end of each workshop requiring CPD, a question and answer session is run to access specific learning outcomes.

Workshops and Training

Do i need to attend a Speckel Workshop to provide JV3 modelling as a service?

Subject to experience. Speckel Workshops are focused on building knowledge and competence in the design and specification of buildings.

If you are already an experienced building simulation practitioner (+ 5 years), we believe you should be able to use our Building Assessment App with enough confidence to produce JV3 outputs.

Workshops and Training

Do Speckel Workshops provide a certification for JV3 modelling?

Speckel Workshops are focused on building knowledge and competence in the design and specification of buildings.

Our workshops are not a formal recognition of knowledge delivered by a third-party but do aim to provide you with the ability to use our software confidently and accurately.

Workshops and Training

How are the Speckel Workshops delivered?

Speckel Workshops are typically online, delivered via Teams. We always take the opportunity to record the workshops, so attendees can revisit content after.

For those looking for a more personal experience, we are also happy to host you within our Melbourne office or pop over to see you in the Melbourne CBD.

Workshops and Training

Are Speckel Workshops death by PowerPoint?

Never. All our workshops are dynamic, presented by one of the Speckel co-founders and delivered to enhance your knowledge on what is under the hood as well as outputs. We use your project information to deliver the structure of the workshop, so it is immediately relevant and can be used for your next project.

Workshops and Training

How many people can attend a Speckel Workshop?

Simply put, as many as you like from within your company. Just remember, the more attendees often means more questions, so this can impact the outcome of the workshop and all material may not be covered.

Workshops and Training

What is a Speckel Workshop?

Speckel workshops are tailor made workshops for teams. You could be an engineering company looking to learn more about how best to use Speckel apps in your business or an architectural company building internal capacity.

All workshops run for a maximum of 1.5 hours, and are delivered online. If you are in Melbourne, we are happy to deliver small workshops in our office.

Suppliers and Products

What are the Speckel supplier-side service options?

Through confidential discussions with building envelope suppliers, Speckel has created three opportunities for suppliers to promote products on the Speckel platform.

Our Standard service offering enables suppliers to add products to the Speckel database and is the easiest way to engage our users. The process is quick, where the supplier provides the following:

1. Product description

2. Product technical or marketing material

3. Product technical information, tested to code requirements.

Once a review of step three has been completed by Speckel, products are published to Speckel.

Other

What is the Speckel business model?

Speckel is a multi-sided, mass-market model, serving two independent customer segments - suppliers and users (engineers, architects, main contractors, and sub-contractors).

Bringing together these independent groups of customer segments, Speckel is a facilitator for users with different needs but with the common requirement to specify products accurately.

To ensure the highest uptake, Speckel has adopted a freemium business model. Freemium, common on web-based software platforms, aims to blend high-value free basics services with paid premium services to create the highest user uptake.

The free basic services ensure no barriers to market for users, enabling access to all products and templates available on the platform.

Suppliers and Products

Is Speckel is a vendor neutral service?

100%. While we support and work with trusted suppliers, with proven product testing, we do not show any bias towards one supplier or product over another.

We take out data integrity seriously. If you find a product that you believe should not be on Speckel, please get in touch!

Suppliers and Products

Why are some suppliers not on Speckel?

We encourage suppliers to add products onto the Speckel database, through a review process that audits specific information required by our calculations.

There will always be suppliers that are not on Speckel as a small cost is associated to the platform or they do not want to share data. However, some suppliers have also been unable to complete the auditing process and therefore have either not made it to the platform or have been removed.

We take out data integrity seriously. If you find a product that you believe should not be on Speckel, please get in touch!

Pricing

Who is Speckel for?

Speckel is an easy to use specification platform for architects, engineers, builders and fabricators. Don't know much about material specifications, calculations or reporting requirements? No problem. We have done all the work, so you don't have too.

Plans

How much does it cost to create a project on Speckel?

We provide 2 access levels, Community and Practice.

Community is free to create projects with limited features, Practice is AU$199 for as many projects as you like.

Trial

How does the 28-day trial work?

When you sign-up to use Speckel, everyone gets full access to our Practice Level for the first 14 days. No questions asked.

You can then extend your trial for a further 14 days at no cost, but we will need to grab your credit card details. After 28-days, you will roll into a monthly payment of $199+ GST that can be cancelled or put on hold at anytime.

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Billing

Can I control my billing account information?

Absolutely. Once at the Practice level, you can view your billing history, invoicing and change your contact details. You can also update your payment methods and cancel anytime in the Teams area.

Billing

How do I cancel my monthly subscription?

You can cancel your subscription anytime by jumping into your Team on the Speckel platform.

Billing

Can I freeze or put my account on hold?

Absolutely. You can put your account on hold when projects go on hold, the summer construction break kicks in or you simply don't need to use Speckel apps. We don't delete your Project data, so you can come back to it when you need to.

To put your account on hold, you simply jump into your billing area (under your Team) and click cancel. At this point, no payment will be taken from your account in the next monthly payment and you will retain access on the Community level.

To gain access to your Projects again and the Practice Level, you simply upgrade to the Practice Level in your Team.

Other

What Is a project on Speckel?

A project is a unique building type and location on Speckel. Once created, a project cannot be changed unless a mistake has been made.

‍Get in touch of this is the case.

Security

Can Speckel see my project Information?

Only if you want us too. In a support capacity, we may ask to access your project information to check a design or offer further support. In these cases, we obtain your verbal consent and can then access your project.

Otherwise, your project data is well, your project data! Read more about our Privacy Policy.

Billing

Monthly billing on Speckel

We count a month as 30 days. So when committing to paying for a month, you get precisely that… 30 days of usage for that billing period.

If you decide to deactivate your billing after 10 days, you will continue on the Practice Level for another 20 days before returning to our Community Level. Don’t worry… all project information continues to be retained, and you simply need to grab another 30 days at the Practice Level to continue working on your Projects when they are active again.

This approach puts you in control of the billing and enables savings across the year!

Other

Do I need to download Speckel to use it?

Nope.

We are 100% in the cloud. So no downloading, sharing licences, VPN hacks, upgrade management or software bugs that remain for years.

All you need is an internet connection and a Chrome-based web browser to run.

Plans

Do I have to commit to a 12 month period?

Absolutely not.

When we state a month by month cost, we mean it —no ongoing commitments to periods that may not include active usage.

So If you are working on other activities where you don’t need Speckel for a few months or want to turn it off over summer when you are more interested in what’s going on at the beach, no problems!

That being said, 12-month commitments are rewarded with savings so once you are comfortable with Speckel, you may want to consider committing to a more cost-efficient solution.

Security

Where are Speckel's Terms and Conditions?

You can find out terms and conditions outlined here.

Security

What does Speckel do with my data?

While Speckel is a big supporter of correct specification and has many suppliers on our platform, your data related to your projects and design remains with you.

We do review broad analytics from time to time, such as how many walls have steel framing vs timber or what is the average thickness of a wall, but this is always anonymised.

We do not sell data to any entity or intend to do so. Read more about our Privacy Policy.

Plans

Is Speckel free to use?

Yes. We encourage you to enjoy our platform by making use of the dozens of free features for general use. We ask for your name and email address so we can register you as a user, but that’s about it.

While you will get great value, certain features and capabilities are only available by upgrading to our Practice Level.

Plans

What is the Community Level subscription and is it right for me?

Everyone now starts on the Practice Level but some users might not need all the bells and whistles. This is where the Community Level comes in.

We do not charge to use Speckel at the Community subscription level, as we want you to experience our platforms capabilities, get access to supplier data and for you to begin the specification of better building products.

Plans

Can we share our Speckel Practice Level subscription across different offices?

100%. A Practice Level license is not tethered to an office environment, it is tethered to a Team created in the cloud. So we don't care where the members of that Team are.

So you could have 4 members of your Melbourne team and 4 members of your Brisbane team all on one Practice Level subscription for $199+GST per month.

Billing

Where and when do I pay for projects?

Payments are all made on the Speckel platform. Once you are signed in, you can simply upgrade to the Practice subscription level.

Plans

How many people can be included in the Speckel Practice Level?

If you sign-up to the Practice Level, you can add up to 8 people to the Team, so everyone within the Team gets all the features on Speckel.

Plans

Is Speckel free for students?

Yes. 100% free. Simply sign up with your student account and we will take care of the rest.

Other

Our Climate & Biodiversity Emergency Declaration.

On the last day of each month, the total number of paid users will be counted, with a tree donated for each user. Users do nothing and we provide our donation at the end of each quarter.

Carbon Positive Australia is Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund, that have been planting trees and restoring habitats in Australia for 20 years.

For those organisations that have also Declared a Climate & Biodiversity Emergency, we will provide a coupon that grants you a 50% reduction for the first 3 months, upon request.