The NSW Government has announced that the BASIX energy targets will increase beginning in July 2017. Typically this will be by 10 per cent for houses and low-rise units, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units. The stringency for the thermal comfort heating and cooling caps will also increase.

These changes will ensure energy efficiency will be considered early in the planning and construction process, locking in a lifetime of savings on utility bills.
It is expected that improvements in technology and design allow these changes to be achieved at little or no additional cost and ensure NSW remains a leading jurisdiction in delivering energy efficient housing.
Why change the BASIX Energy Target?
  • Existing homes in NSW use around 17% of total our state’s energy consumption. We expect around 1.8million new homes to be built across NSW over the next 40 years.
  • The NSW Government’s A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money recognises that residential energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways to save energy and save money through lower utility bills. By changing the BASIX energy targets, energy bill savings will deliver more than $2.6 billion dollars to the NSW economy, or around $155 per household, every year for the next 30 years.
  • These changes bring an additional 83 gigawatt hours of energy savings toward the State’s 16,000 GWh energy savings target by 2020.
Are the proposed changes final?
  • The Government is committed to increasing the stringency of BASIX to the levels exhibited in the 2013-14 BASIX Target Review in order to deliver both energy and cost savings to NSW householders.
  • As part of the Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money, the Department and the Office of Environment and Heritage is consulting with stakeholders on ways to improve BASIX and explore opportunities to further increase the BASIX targets, particularly with councils in high-growth areas. More information on these opportunities to further improve BASIX can be found here.
What about the BASIX Water target?
The Government is prioritising energy efficiency measures and will undertake further consultation in 2017 on the merit of changing the water targets.
Where can I find more information?
  • Call the Information Centre on 1300 305 695.
  • If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to the Information Centre on 1300 305 695.
  • Visit the BASIX website
  • Register for BASIX news updates