How BASIX Certification Works in Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong

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Introduced by the New South Wales Government in 2004, BASIX is an initiative that stands for ‘Building Sustainability Index.’ The goal of this initiative is to increase the energy efficiency of building projects throughout NSW. Specifically, this initiative seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and potable water consumption. A dwelling constructed in accordance with BASIX standards, then, would theoretically be more energy efficient and use less water than a home built without such benchmarks in place.

How Chapman Environmental Service Can Help

At Chapman Environmental Service, we are licenced, accredited and fully qualified to offer BASIX certification services in Sydney, Central Coast and throughout New South Wales as a whole. To show accordance with BASIX rules, it isn’t enough to have your home inspected after completion. Instead, a qualified professional must review your building or renovation plans before you break ground on the project. This professional can furnish you with a BASIX certification, which you will then lodge with council—alongside your Development Application—to have your project approved.

By simply emailing your plans to Chapman Environmental Service and paying a competitively priced fee, you can have your BASIX certification assessment done in Newcastle or Wollongong. The process is incredibly easy and stress free from end to end. If your building project meets BASIX standards, we will send you a certificate to submit to council. If your project falls short of the standards, we can tell you why and help you make improvements to the plans that would render them certifiable.

How to Get BASIX Certification in Central Coast or Sydney

There is no one-size-fits-all checklist for how to ensure BASIX certification for your Central Coast or Newcastle building project. Depending on the size and scope of your project—as well as certain factors, like whether or not you are planning on installing a swimming pool or spa area—will decide what steps are necessary to ensure acceptable energy and water usage efficiency. However, there are a number of factors you can consider if you want to give yourself a better chance of passing the BASIX certification process.

For instance, the building materials or insulation types you are using may impact the thermal efficiency of your home. If your home is poorly or cheaply insulated, you are going to need to heat it more often in the winter and cool it more often in the summer. As a result, your home may fly well over the BASIX energy efficiency requirements. Figuring smarter insulation strategies and better materials into your plans will give you a better chance of receiving BASIX certification.

Any other steps you can take to make your home more energy or water efficient will aid in your BASIX certification process as well. From including plans to install solar panels to investing in a rainwater tank, and from choosing more energy efficient lighting fixtures to installing water-saving toilets in each bathroom, there are many, many different ways to make your home more sustainable. Think about these features when working with an architect or engineer to draw up your building plans.

Are you interested in learning more about BASIX certification in Wollongong, Newcastle, Central Coast or Sydney, or are curious about other ways to make your building plans a bit greener? Get in touch with Chapman Environmental Service today by dialling 0414 265 292.