Home design to reduce energy bills –

New sustainability standards for homes will save residents up to $980 a year on energy bills and reduce the state’s carbon footprint as we move to net zero emissions by 2050 .

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) is a key assessment tool that ensures new homes are comfortable to live in in all temperatures, are more energy efficient and save water.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said BASIX had avoided 12.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases over the past 17 years, equivalent to removing 2.5 million cars from the road.

“These proposed increases to standards will see more energy efficient homes from Double Bay to Dubbo and beyond, with better design, better insulation, more sunlight and more solar panels,” said Mr Stokes.

“We want to raise the BASIX standards even further to further reduce emissions, saving an additional 150,000 tonnes per year and helping to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

“Better design will keep your home naturally cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, so you won’t be turning on the heater or air conditioner as often.

Energy bills should drop significantly thanks to the new BASIX standards:

  • Savings of up to $190 per year for people living in apartment buildings;
  • Savings of up to $850 per year for people living in new homes in Western Sydney; and
  • Savings of up to $980 per year for people living in new homes in the region.

“To showcase the benefits of these new measures, we are inviting up to 10 vendors to test the proposed BASIX requirements ahead of its official rollout next year,” Stokes said.

These new goals complement ongoing work, such as planting one million trees and investing $4.8 million to make building materials more environmentally friendly.

The community is encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed BASIX changes by Monday 31 January 2022 at planningportal.nsw.gov.au/BAS IX-standards

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