Home en­ergy sav­ing tar­gets now im­proved

Southern Riverina news - - BUILDING & RENOVATION -

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.

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