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Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said today that new homes already under contract before 1 October would be exempt from the new building (BASIX) standards until 30 June 2024.

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‘We’re in a housing crisis, but the construction and development industry are doing it tough with ongoing weather delays, rising materials costs, and skill shortages,’ Mr Scully said.

‘The Government has responded by making new homes where a contract has been signed before 1 October 2023 exempt from increased BASIX standards until 30 June 2024.

‘While we remain committed to the introduction of BASIX from 1 October 2023, the transitional arrangements will reduce the financial impact of increased standards on homebuyers who have already signed building contracts under the current BASIX requirements, which includes some 6,000 contracts in Western Sydney alone,’ he said.

Mr Scully said that homeowners in this group might still adopt the new BASIX standards should they choose, to help manage future energy bills.

However, they are not required to do so, meaning that thousands of homes will never meet the new standards.

BASIX standards were introduced in 2004, and increased in 2017, to improve the energy and thermal performance of homes, providing better comfort, and energy and water efficiencies.

The new standard require cuts to thermal energy use by at least 20 per cent.

Minister Scully said the ‘temporary’ exemption would bring NSW in line with other states including Victoria.

‘BASIX standards are critical. They mean housing stock in NSW is built with improved energy efficiency – making housing cooler in summer and warmer in winter with better windows and insulation.

‘[But] we also need to keep housing supply moving and these transitional arrangements will take some of the pressure off builders and buyers who want the certainty.’

For more information, visit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/BASIX-standards

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  1. Regrettably, logic says more rules and requirements = more costs. There is a need to balance out more regulations with cost implications and housing needs.

  2. Great move ALP, baking in inefficient homes which will cost people from the day they take possession.
    Just like the former Perrottet / Lib State Govt, we have another cave in to appease the Property Lobby.


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