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Warmer and more energy efficient homes

  • Date: 21.12.2016
  • Type: Featured Article
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

New homes are set to get warmer and more energy efficient across NSW with new BASIX energy targets to increase from July 2017. 


Around 1.8 million new homes are set to be built across NSW over the next 40 years, and existing homes already use around 17 per cent of the State’s total energy consumption. The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) sets out the water and energy requirements for new homes.

 

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The NSW Government’s Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money recognises home energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. 

The plan was released in October, and the new BASIX targets included will help save over half a billion dollars over 50 years through more efficient household energy consumption.

Savings will be made by improving thermal efficiency, which reduces the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a home. The stringency of the thermal comfort settings in BASIX will also change in line with the proposal set out in the 2013-14 BASIX Target Review.

Improvements in technology and design allow these changes to be achieved at little or no additional cost, and will ensure NSW remains a leading jurisdiction in delivering energy efficient housing. 

 

The NSW Government is currently considering what further changes should be made to BASIX and what other energy efficiency measures should be adopted. The Minister for the Environment is seeking feedback on A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money. In relation to BASIX, the Plan asks:

  • how to improve BASIX through future reviews of the targets
  • if there should be target increases in specific local government or high growth areas 
  • how we might provide clearer information on BASIX certificates to help consumers understand the benefits of energy efficient homes with better design.

 

To have your say on the draft plan please see the consultation webpage

 

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