BASIX legislation updates
Attention all homeowners and aspiring builders in New South Wales! Prepare for Significant Changes in NSW Home Building Standards...
We're here to break down the BASIX changes announced this month. The NSW Government is on a mission for net zero emissions by 2050. While this is fantastic for the environment, it comes with major shifts in the BASIX standards – the Building Sustainability Index – for all new home constructions in the region.
Here's the scoop: Starting from October 1, the government is cranking up efforts to achieve "Net Zero" by 2050. This means all new home builds post that date needs to be carbon emission-conscious. It's a big leap towards sustainability, but brace yourself, as it also means an immediate surge in building costs.
Understanding BASIX: What is it?
If you're new to the construction scene, let's talk BASIX. It's the compass guiding sustainability for every new build in NSW. It sets the bar for water and energy efficiency and mandates minimum thermal comfort levels for your new home. The latest update introduces a minimum requirement to achieve a 7-star rating nationally to all new homes.
What are the new BASIX changes?
The impact will hinge on your unique design and land configuration. Under these provisions, projects with signed building contracts prior to October 1, 2023, can adhere to the existing BASIX Standards. For projects with contracts executed after this date, the new and enhanced BASIX standards will apply. Hudson Homes predict that additional costs will likely result in items such as:
How to minimise BASIX cost increases:
- House orientation is key, aim to have your Living areas north facing
- Consider minimising the glass to floor ratio
- Consider shading devices over windows
- A lighter colour palette and material selections
- Consider higher levels of energy efficient performing products than those currently offered, such as hot water systems and air conditioning units.
How much will the BASIX changes increase my build price?
The cost shift post-BASIX amendments will vary based on factors like ceiling height, window dimensions, and quantity. For a personalised quote, please speak with one of our friendly New Home Consultants.
Time to Take Action
If your budget and design dreams matter, it's time to act. Aim to have your CDC or DA lodged with a valid BASIX Certificate by October 1. But don't procrastinate until September – the process takes time. Councils might be swamped, so an early start is always best!
To get in before the changes, your building contract must meet the following criteria:
- Relate to a detached dwelling or dual occupancy
- Have been signed on or before September 30, 2023
- Clearly outline the design and specifications of the intended building
- Include payment of a deposit
- Feature a contract value not exceeding $2 million (excluding land costs in house and land packages)
Missed the Deadline? Not All Hope Is Lost
Don't despair if you miss the cutoff. Hudson Homes engage a qualified Energy Efficiency Consultant to prepare an analysis of your design to give your home the most energy-efficient outcome. Although, it is important to prepare yourself for design compromises, considering aspects like window size, ceiling height, and facade tweaks.
Lodging council paperwork can be a hassle and is often one of the most stressful experiences of the entire building process. At Hudson Homes, our experienced administrative team looks after all the applicable documentation and paperwork for your new home while keeping you informed every step of the way. You can learn more about why Hudson Homes is the right choice for your build here.
Source: HIA Australia