BASIX is a web based building design tool that aims to ensure that each new dwelling design meets the NSW Government’s target of a 40% water reduction and a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared with the NSW average.
The commitments contained in a BASIX Certificate identify the sustainable features required to be incorporated into the building design. These features may include sustainable design elements such as recycled water, rainwater tanks, AAA showerheads and taps, native landscaping, heat pump or solar hot water heaters, gas space heaters, roof eaves / awnings and wall/ceiling insulation, building orientation and winter solar access to living areas.
Details are listed at the website www.basix.nsw.gov.au or the BASIX Helpline on 1300 650 908.
The applicant is required to submit the BASIX Certificate with the Development Application or Complying Development Certificate Application. The plans and specification must identify the BASIX commitments, which need to be checked prior to occupation of the building. Plans / specifications which are inconsistent with the relevant BASIX Certificate, will not be approved by Council and as such Council will require the applicant to submit consistent information before proceeding with the assessment process by either amending plans / specifications or by resubmitting a new BASIX certificate with commitments that match the rest of the application.
The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) represents a list of energy assessors who can assist in making your new home more energy efficient and producing the BASIX Certificate. A list of ABSA accredited Assessors can be found at the ABSA website www.absa.net.au
Applicants can also generate their own BASIX Certificate using the NSW Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources’ BASIX website www.basix.nsw.gov.au
For more information, phone DIPNR’s BASIX Help Line on 1300 650 908.