WATER: How does NSW make sure it doesn’t get so close to Day Zero again?

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.

The time has come for regulations that drive net zero homes

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 […]

The Department of Planning & Environment: Team Leader- BASIX

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.

Water efficiency slipping through the cracks in Victoria

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.

BASIX review – loads of support but usual suspects go on an on

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.