February 21, 2019

On February 1, COAG Energy Ministers made a commitment to lift energy ratings for new homes to 6.5 or 7 stars.

The changes are due to come into effect in the National Construction Code in 2022. They are outlined in the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, a national pla...

Have you ever wondered why some houses are warm in winter when the heater isn’t on? Or how the same house stays cool in summer, without the need for an air-conditioner? The design of your home, from the building materials and layout, to the positioning of windows and s...

May 7, 2018

1. An obvious one, however cannot be omitted. Window area to wall area ratio need to be kept in check. For standard constructions used, if  the walls are made off about 25% window area, generally speaking in the Sydney region, cheap glazing options can be used to obtai...

November 16, 2017

BASIX - New Homes & Apartment Buildings - NSW

All new houses and apartment buildings are required to have a BASIX certificate completed as part of development applications. The BASIX tool has three segments;

Water, Thermal Comfort and Energy.

Water efficiency - nominally...

November 7, 2017

BASIX New Targets

As BASIX new targets have been rolled out since July the 1st 2017, the nature of our work has changes quite a lot, as demands have increase significantly.

The new BASIX targets mainly affect the thermal comfort section as BASIX heating and cooling loads...

May 28, 2017

New BASIX Target Changes as off July 1st 2017 that will impact all residential developments in NSW. Read on for more information...

March 29, 2017

Increasing of house energy rating industry involvement in combating climate change.

February 16, 2017

The BASIX system assesses both of the above and when calculations are done, provides with the overall energy consumption score of the dwelling. Very interesting though is the huge difference of the results when all else being equal and the only difference in the calcul...

January 30, 2017

Shading. Awnings, eaves, louvers, blinds are all types of shading applied to walls and windows. Eaves play a significant role in the passive thermal comfort of dwellings and are protecting walls and windows from the sun in winter as the angle of the sun is more vertica...

January 23, 2017

Another key aspect is the insulation. Generally speaking ceiling insulation followed by wall insulation are the key factors for improving energy efficiency (excluding windows) for most dwellings. Although builders do not like to use wall insulation as it makes their wo...

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Energy standards for new homes are set to rise in 2022.

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