The NSW Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This will improve the quality of life for the people of NSW, protect the environment, and maintain a strong economy.
These Government requirements have led to changes to the standard BASIX requirements in a new build. Building a new home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Before you start on this journey, we want to make sure you are informed, prepared, and supported.
BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) is a development standard that sets sustainability targets across all new homes in NSW for water and energy, as well as minimum performance levels for thermal comfort. Our specialised team at Masterton can help formulate the best way to achieve the new 7-star minimum (equivalence) requirements in line with the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC)
As of August 2023 the NSW Government has updated when the Basix 7-Star Energy Efficiency targets for new dwellings come into effect.
Building contracts signed on or before 30th September 2023 can be exempt from the new sustainable building (BASIX) standards (7-Star Rating) until 30th June, 2024. However, should you make any amendments to the design after the BASIX assessment, or for assessments requested after the 30th June 2024, the new BASIX will apply to your build and may incur additional costs to you. Building contracts signed after the 1st October 2023 will need to comply with the new target of 7 stars NatHERS rating.
The Department of Planning has prepared a comprehensive fact sheet containing additional details, which can be conveniently accessed here.
It is important to highlight, in order to achieve the NSW Government requirements for BASIX there is a cost implication. A provision of 15k* will be implemented for single storey dwellings and 30k* for double storey dwellings as of the 1st of October 2023. The amount will depend on your location, block aspect, home size and design.