Home energy saving targets now improved
Increased Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX) energy targets will need to be satisfied in all new residential building works this year.
BASIX — which was implemented in 2004 — aims to deliver equitable, effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state and is considered one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has said improvements in technology and design implemented on July 1, 2017 allow for increased energy saving targets to be achieved at little or no additional cost, but will ensure NSW remains a leader in delivering energy efficient housing.
Typically, the energy targets for houses and low-rise units will increase by 10 per cent.
In the Edward River Council, Murray River Council, Berrigan Shire and Murrumbidgee Council areas, the energy reduction target will increase from 35 per cent to 45 per cent.
The stringency for the thermal comfort heating and cooling caps will also increase.
The BASIX changes were announced in ‘A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money’, which was released by the NSW Minister for the Environment in October 2016.
For more information, and the test the trial site, search BASIX at www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au.