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When building or renovating, you will save money and energy if you include energy efficiency in your design.
Introduced in 2004 as part of the NSW planning system, the Building Sustainability Index ( BASIX) is a planning tool that measures the potential energy efficiency of the designs of all new residential dwellings. Each development application for a residential dwelling must be submitted to Council with a BASIX Certificate. All new homes, renovations over $50,000 and swimming pools with a capacity greater than 40,000 litres require a BASIX Certificate.
When building or renovating, consider using building materials that improve the thermal performance of your home. Also, consider installing energy and water saving fixtures and appliances including energy efficient lighting, insulation, taps and water tanks. Saving
water will save you money and help the environment. You can also download the
Renovators Guide as well as
templates for briefing your architect, designers, tradespersons and contractors.
For more information about making your home more sustainable, go to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website.
BASIX ensures that new homes and renovations are designed and built to be more energy and water efficient. For more information, contact the BASIX Help Line on 1300 650 908, or talk to your builder or designer.