History

Introduced on 1 July 2004, BASIX is an integrated part of the NSW planning system. It has reduced potable water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for new homes built in NSW and won numerous awards.

2004
July
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BASIX commences in Sydney Metroploitan LGAs: New single dwellings and dual occupancy; New boarding houses, guest houses, hostels, lodging-houses and backpacker accommodation under 300m2.

2005
July
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BASIX expands to all NSW: New single dwellings and dual occupancy; New boarding houses, guest houses, hostels, lodging-houses and backpacker accommodation under 300m2.

2005
Oct

 timeline icon2005oct BASIX expands to also include villas, townhouses and residential flat buildings in NSW.

2006
July

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3 energy target zones introduced for single dwellings of 25%, 35% and 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

 2006
Oct
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BASIX expanded to apply to: residential alterations and additions throughout NSW, with a total cost of works $100,000 or more.

 2007
July
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Threshold for alterations and additions subject to BASIX changed to a total estimated cost of works of $50,000 or more.

 2009
Mar
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BASIX thermal comfort section realigned to NatHERS 2nd Generation software.

2010
Mar
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Better Regulation Office recommends a five year review. Completed Review is submitted to IPART which recommends revision of BASIX targets.

2011
July 
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Fee introduced for BASIX Certificate (New Homes)

2011
Nov
 timeline icon2011Nov Fee introduced for BASIX Certificate (Alterations and Additions)
 2017
July
 timeline icon2017 Energy targets increased. Thermal comfort stringency for heating and cooling increased.

 

Awards

BASIX has received several industry and government awards. In 2004 BASIX won Gold in the Environment category at the Premier's Public Sector Awards. The following year it won the Australian Property Institute's Kemp Strang Property Industry Award and the Planning Institute of Australia's National Urban Planning Achievement Award. 2007 saw BASIX win an Australian Institute of Energy award for "Energy in Society - For contributing to policy, law and the community".

In 2011, members of the BASIX delivery team where finalists in the NSW Premiers Awards for the publication of the BASIX Five Year Performance Report and received an award for “Best Application Paper” for a peer reviewed paper and presentation to the IBPSA 2011 International Building Simulation Conference.