Changes to BASIX targets from July 2017

27 March 2017

BASIX energy targets will increase beginning in July 2017. Improvements in technology and design allow these changes to be achieved at little or no additional cost and ensure NSW remains a leader in delivering energy efficient housing.

Typically, the energy targets for houses and low-rise units will increase by 10 per cent, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units.

The settings for thermal comfort heating and cooling will also change, in line with the proposal in the 2013-14 BASIX Target Review.

These changes were announced in A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money, which was released by the Minister for the Environment in October 2016.

You can view the updated BASIX energy target zones map.

You can also view the updated thermal comfort heating and cooling caps.

The Government is considering what further changes should be made to BASIX and what other energy efficiency measures should be adopted. The Minister for the Environment is seeking feedback on A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money. In relation to BASIX, the Plan asks:

  • how to improve BASIX through future reviews of the targets;
  • higher target increases in selected high-growth land release areas and in specific local government areas with participating Council;
  • additional information on BASIX certificates to help consumers understand the benefits of homes with best better design standards that more energy efficient.

For more information, please see the BASIX Target Changes – Frequently Asked Questions.