BASIX IS CHANGING
BASIX WILL CHANGE FROM JULY 1.
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions.
WHY CHANGE THE BASIX ENERGY TARGET?
Existing homes in NSW use around 17% of total our state’s energy consumption. We expect around 1.8 million new homes to be built across NSW over the next 40 years.
The NSW Government’s draft plan to save NSW energy and money recognises that residential energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways to save energy and save money through lower utility bills. By changing the BASIX energy targets, energy bill savings will deliver more than $2.6 billion dollars to the NSW economy, or around $155 per household, every year for the next 30 years.These changes bring an additional 83 gigawatt hours of energy savings toward the State’s 16,000 GWh energy savings target by 2020
WHAT CHANGES TO BASIX ARE PROPOSED?
The NSW Government has announced that the BASIX energy targets will increase beginning in July 2017. Typically this will be by 10 per cent for houses and low-rise units, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units. The stringency for the thermal comfort heating and cooling caps will also increase to and equivalent 6 Star Rating. Currently houses can pass the BASIX thermal comfort section at 3.5 to 4 stars. Consequently, this jump to a 6 Star Rating may require significant changes to many current designs to ensure they pass.
These changes will ensure energy efficiency will be considered early in the planning and construction process, locking in a lifetime of savings on utility bills
A map showing the changes for each regional area of NSW and list of changes by postcode is available at www.basix.nsw.gov.au/iframe/target-review-on-exhibition.html
WHEN WILL THE CHANGES TAKE EFFECT?
An update to the BASIX online assessment tool incorporating the changes is scheduled for 1 July 2017.
ARE THE PROPOSED CHANGES FINAL?
The Government is committed to increasing the stringency of BASIX to the levels exhibited in the 2013-14 BASIX Target Review in order to deliver both energy and cost savings to NSW householders.
As part of the plan to save NSW Energy and Money, the Department and the Office of Environment and Heritage is consulting with stakeholders on ways to improve BASIX and explore opportunities to further increase the BASIX targets, particularly with councils
in high-growth areas. More information on these opportunities to further improve BASIX can be found here.
WHAT ABOUT THE BASIX WATER TARGET?
The Government is prioritising energy efficiency measures and will undertake further consultation in 2017 on the merit of changing the water targets
WILL I BE ABLE TO TRIAL THE UPDATED BASIX ASSESSMENT TOOL PRIOR TO LAUNCH?
The Department will continue to consult with industry on how best to implement the changes, and will provide opportunities for practitioners to familiarise themselves with the new online tool prior to July 2017.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?
Ring David Howard at Partners Energy on 0421381005