If you’re building a home for the first time, you might hear a few unfamiliar words thrown around and one of them might be BASIX. What should you know about it and why is associated with your new build? Don’t stress, you’re not expected to know everything from the get-go and we’re here to break it down for you. All you need to know are a few key things.
What is BASIX?
BASIX is short for Building Sustainability Index. It’s a requirement of sustainability created by the NSW Government to ensure water and energy efficiency in residential buildings. BASIX has been around since 2004 and implements environmentally friendly solutions to create sustainable living. Dwellings have to go through a BASIX assessment in order to receive a BASIX Certificate. Local Council will require a BASIX Certificate to approve plans before construction begins.
How do I get a BASIX Certificate?
There is an extensive checklist that is filled out before an assessment which includes information such as the overall project details, hot water system, energy supply, ventilation, and much more. After a successful assessment, which estimates a calculation of consumption based on the information provided, a BASIX Certificate is generated and submitted to the appropriate authority with your other development documents. The BASIX Certificate will outline key elements of your new home, otherwise known as sustainability commitments.
If you are building with New Living Homes, this checklist will be filled out for you and the assessment will be organised to retrieve the BASIX Certificate, so no need to worry about this at all! New Living Homes is committed to innovative solutions to reduce energy and water consumption, and our homes are designed with that as a priority. From kitchen appliances to lighting, we ensure that the process with BASIX is as smooth as possible. And if you have interest in a particular environmentally friendly feature, such as a solar system, we have many budget-friendly options and packages.
Why is BASIX important?
Aside from being a legal requirement, BASIX is important because it’s a necessary step in ensuring that new homes are built in a responsible manner that protects the environment. In fact, since 2004, 460,000 BASIX-compliant homes are estimated to have saved 281 billion litres of drinking water and 8.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions*. If everyone does their part to commit to sustainability, the community will be rewarded with a huge, positive impact that will benefit the generations to come.
*According to https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/basix/about-basix
If you have any questions about BASIX, feel free to contact your New Living Homes Sales Consultant. Our team is always happy to give more information and advice. Call us on 1300 366 766 today.