According to one of the authors of a new report the focus on water in NSW has traditionally been on centralised infrastructure that utilities want to build rather than water efficiency. But what saved us during the Millennium Drought was the citizens, not utilities. Nor was it the winding back the BASIX sustainability index that some quarters advocate.
It’s time that the National Construction Code and, in NSW, BASIX, be updated to drive the trajectory to net zero energy homes. An opportunity has arisen to make major improvements in the energy efficiency and renewable energy generation of new buildings, following recent consultations and current analysis for the next update of the National Construction […]
FEATURE: NSW has historically trod its own path to regulate the sustainability standards of its homes
John Wakefield has been mayor at Waverley Council once before so he’s well prepared to tackle stronger sustainability challenges. Councils, he says, need to have grand ideas.
This role plays a critical function in the effective operation of the BASIX system, in consultation with the Director and other senior executive. This is a policy role but one that also has a technical element.
It was good to discover NSW had very quietly at the end of last year committed to following through with lifting BASIX energy standards for new homes from July 2017 (water efficiency improvements have been dumped, but that’s another story the government is yet to get back to us on). As we said earlier this […]
Only a fraction of new homes in Victoria are being built with rainwater tanks as standard, compared with nearly all new houses in NSW, according to the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia.
The NSW government quietly released public submissions to proposed changes to the Building Sustainability Index last month, which has recommended improving water and energy consumption targets for new houses and residential apartments.