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All new homes built in NSW must com­ply with the Build­ing Sus­tain­abil­ity In­dex (BASIX). In­tro­duced in July 2004, BASIX aims to re­duce en­ergy use across the state, pro­vid­ing a more sus­tain­able fu­ture for our com­mu­ni­ties. The rules around BASIX changed on July 1. The Depart­ment Of Plan­ning And En­vi­ron­ment ex­plains what it all means for home­own­ers.

and ap­pli­ances with higher en­ergy ef­fi­ciency rat­ings, and with bet­ter wa­ter sav­ing fea­tures, will re­sult in higher BASIX scores. For ex­am­ple, a so­lar hot wa­ter sys­tem, or an air­con­di­tioner with a high Min­i­mum En­ergy Per­for­mance Stan­dards (MEPS) star rat­ing can add sig­nif­i­cantly to the score achieved. Sim­i­larly, im­prove­ments in the build­ing shell, such as more in­su­la­tion to the walls and ceil­ings and bet­ter per­form­ing win­dows, will re­sult in a higher score.

Con­crete floors stay cooler in sum­mer and warmer in win­ter in this house de­signed by En­vi­rona Stu­dio.

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