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Paal will help with your BASIX assessment
A location with low winter temperatures may require extra measures such as living areas facing north
New dwellings are much more energy efficient than they were 10 years ago, and this is partly due to the BASIX, or Building Sustainability Index, introduced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.
“If you build a Paal home, you will benefit from these raised standards. In fact, it won’t take long,” said Paal housing consultant Michael Christie.
“Simple conservation features will pay for themselves in two or three years, while a more expensive measure such as double glazing should see a return on investment within five years.”
Every new home plan must pass a BASIX assessment which looks at the heating and cooling, ventilation, insulation, sun protection, water usage, electricity consumption, and whether alternative energy sources such as solar panels will be installed.
Paal’s own BASIX consultant will help you achieve the required standard by evaluating your house plans, with the cost of this assessment already included in the price of the home. When successfully completed, a BASIX certificate is then attached to your development application submitted to the local council.
Numerical targets need to be reached in all three categories of energy usage, thermal efficiency, and water conservation.
“The weight of these factors changes, depending on where you plan to build,” Michael said. “For example in a hot climate, deep verandahs will help you pass the assessment, whereas the reverse will be true in a colder region.
A dark-coloured roof can also help to heat the home in a cool climate
“A high-country location with low winter temperatures may require extra measures such as living areas facing north, a dark-coloured roof, or an insulating waffle pod slab.
“If you intend using raised bearers and joists instead of a concrete slab in a cooler zone, this could work against your BASIX assessment and might need to be offset with additional thermal insulation such as double glazing.
“Achieving the BASIX targets is usually straightforward, provided the intending home builders don’t set their heart on design features that won’t create the best energy savings.
“That’s why it’s good to talk to us early about what you have in mind. We can raise an alert if we see potential issues with a particular house design,” he said
$250,000 Saved on Ambitious Home project
The courage and determination of owner builders who tackle challenging projects single-handed is admirable.
Brendon of Lilydale, Victoria, built Paal's large Castlereagh design on a deeply sloping block and made a magnificent job of it. As well, he saved a quarter of a million dollars by tackling as much as possible of the work himself.