To introduce more flexibility for development applicants, we propose to introduce an independent pathway outside BASIX. This would be a merit assessment which would allow the applicant to provide, as part of their development application to the local council or other consent authority, a report and supporting documentation to demonstrate the development’s design meets the NSW sustainability performance requirements.

The report and documentation would be prepared by a suitably qualified professional such as a member of the Australian Institute of Architects or Engineers Australia, or a Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) accredited assessor. This assessment would be done instead of completing a BASIX assessment.

The benefit of this approach is that an applicant has a range of different options
to demonstrate the development meets the sustainability performance requirements and can choose the approach that best suits their needs.

This proposal is would not work as proposed unless a qualified professional prepared such merit assessment., BDAA/ABSA would see it as compulsory to ensure anyone carrying out these reports is adequately trained, accredited and audited to ensure any buildings performance is not jeopardised in any way.