Media Release
Statement on BASIX announcement
15 August, 2023

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Matt Levinson

Please quote Estelle Grech, Planning Policy Manager, Committee for Sydney:

“The government is making the right call. The cost of not implementing these changes is far greater than the cost of doing it.

“With temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees in Western Sydney, which is where most of the greenfield housing is going, new homes need to be able to withstand more severe spikes in temperature, instead of forcing families to pay huge air-conditioning bills while putting more and more pressure on the electricity grid.

“For some families, getting this right could literally be a matter of life or death.  

“There’s no denying these changes will increase the upfront cost of a home, but it’s a price worth paying because of the significant savings that will offset those costs over time.

“Sydneysiders can save more than $1,000 per year on their energy bills by meeting the new standards. 

“The last government did a good job of setting the net zero target by 2050, but this government has the hard job of implementing it. BASIX updates and implementation of the Sustainable Buildings SEPP is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to meeting our climate commitments.”