The Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI) Urban Residential Development (URD) standard is a single dedicated document which specifies common design and construction requirements for URD projects across all five distribution businesses (DBs).

Feedback from industry, in particular CCF and ALDE, together with a review by the Essential Services Commission resulted in the formation of the Harmonisation Standards Project.

This project confirmed that existing standards used in Urban Residential Development were:

  • difficult to use
  • inconsistent across the distribution businesses
  • challenging in achieving compliance.
  • The Technical Standards Harmonisation project was established as an opportunity for improvement:
  • to make standards across the five electricity distribution businesses consistent whilst allowing for justifiable differences.
  • ensuring consistent interpretation of standards by different distributors, auditors, designers and constructors.
  • Improve project delivery timeframes.

 A working group, consisting of the five distribution businesses and industry representatives was formed to develop a new Urban Residential Standard. 

The objective was to remove obstacle to projects and improve project delivery through consistent standards and interpretations across each of the businesses.

Industry representation included UDIA, CCF and ALDE.

Glenn Shallard of Winslow Constructions represented CCF and was an essential contributor to the working group.

A summary of the new URD can be seen here.

The link to the full standards is here.