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Ways to reduce the impact of the new Basix changes

Meet Greg and Sue.

They’ve just bought a new block of land, and now, they’re at the display centre hoping to find their ideal new home. As they look around, they’re told about the recent changes the government has made to the National Construction Code that affects all new properties built Australia-wide. From 1 October 2023, all new homes must achieve a minimum 7-star energy efficiency rating, in line with the National House Energy Rating Scheme.

These changes are being made to reduce the need for air conditioning to keep homes comfortable and save on energy costs.

Questions you need to consider for a new Home Build

For Greg and Sue, this means they need to take additional measures when building their home, which may add to the final cost.They also need to choose the right home build for their block of land, because the wrong one may mean having to make design and specification changes, which will only add more to the cost of their new build.

What are the benefits of reducing windows?

Despite the popular trend to install floor to ceiling windows, this can be counterproductive to the energy efficiency of your new home.  It can help to reduce the need for higher levels of performance windows or shading devices.

It will also help in reducing heat loss and gainhelping you save on both building and energy costs

What should be look for when designing our new Home?

The most important thing to consider is the land that you’re building on. Consider its orientation and where your windows will be in relation to the sun.

While windows are great for light, they are the main source of heat loss or gain in your home. You may need to move or improve your windows to compensate for poor orientation

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