BASIX Assessment, Certificate and Reports
The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) was introduced 1st July, 2004 by the NSW Government. Since its introduction BASIX has delivered equitable and effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across NSW. An integrated part of the planning system, BASIX is implemented under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. BASIX applies to all residential dwelling types and is part of the development application process in NSW. The BASIX assessment will measure your proposed development for sustainability against BASIX targets that are based on the NSW home benchmark average.
BASIX offers a number of options to meet compliance for for thermal comfort, the Do It Yourself (DIY) Method and Simulation Method. Depending on your house design including the number of windows and the size of the home will generally determine the best method for assessment. Frys Energywise can assist in both forms of assessment. However we have found that in the majority of cases undertaking a Simulation Method generally works out to be the most cost effective method. In a lot of cases using the DIY Method the BASIX Glazing calculator offers very little flexibility and generally requires windows to include improved glazing which can add a lot of cost to the building of the home. The Simulated Method uses approved software conducted by accredited thermal assessors to model the house allowing for a lot more flexibility in the inclusion of added insulation, ventilation and shading devices usually removing the need for improved glazing and delivering a much more cost effective outcome for building. Usually the cost of one improved window is more than the cost of engaging an accredited assessor to complete a Simulation Method of assessment. Frys Energywise are accredited thermal assessors and are experts in delivering cost effective outcomes. Why not send through your plans for an obligation free quote. For more information on BASIX visit www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au