WHY THE BASIX RULES HAVE CHANGED
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.