New sustainability standards for NSW homes are anticipated to save people nearly $1000 annually on energy bills and reducing the State’s carbon footprint.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes says BASIX has prevented the release of 12.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas over the past 17 years – equal to removing 2.5 million automobiles from the road.

These proposed boosts in standards will see the building of more energy-efficient houses from Double Bay to Dubbo and beyond, with improved design, better insulation, additional sunlight and more solar panels, said Stokes.

He said we want to elevate BASIX standards higher to reduce emissions further, saving an additional 150,000 tonnes a year and helping attain net-zero emissions by 2050.

Improved design will keep homes naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter, so you won’t be using the heater or air conditioner on as frequently.

Energy bills are anticipated to lower substantially as a result of the new BASIX standards:

  • Savings of up to $190 annually for individuals residing in high-rise apartments;
  • Savings of up to $850 annually for individuals residing in new Western Sydney homes; and
  • Savings of up to $980 annually for individuals residing in new homes in the regions.

To showcase the advantages of these new measures, they’re inviting up to 10 builders to test the suggested BASIX requirements before its official roll out in 2022, said Stokes.

These new targets complement labour under progress, like planting one million trees and investing $4.8 million to render building materials more ecoconscious, he noted.



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