BASIX - New requirements to save water and energy in new
If you are building or renovating you
have the perfect opportunity to create a home which uses natural resources such
as energy and water wisely, has minimal impacts on the environment and is
cheaper to run.
From July 2005, development applications for new
residential dwellings in New South Wales must include a BASIX certificate
demonstrating that the home will be designed and built to save energy and water.
From 1 July 2006, these rules will be extended to alterations and additions.
BASIX (the Building Sustainability Index) is a web-based planning tool
which measures the potential performance of new residential dwellings against
BASIX ensures each dwelling design meets the NSW
Government's targets of:
40% reduction in water consumption and
25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared with the
The greenhouse target will increase
to 40% from July 2006.
The NSW Government estimates that over the next
ten years the BASIX rules will save 287,000 billion litres of water and 9.5
billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (equivalent to taking 2.6 million cars off
the road). It is also expected that the average home built to BASIX standards
will save $500 – $600 each year on water and energy bills.
sustainability targets to secure a BASIX certificate is not difficult, but
requires careful planning at the design stage. For further information see the
BASIX website at www.basix.nsw.gov.au
or contact the BASIX Helpline on 1300 650 908.