Certificate Centre can provide you with the
following professional services:
On 1st July 2004 the NSW Government implemented the Building Sustainability
Index (commonly referred to as BASIX®
online index sets compulsory design
standards for the whole of NSW with the purpose of reducing the use of potable
water and to produce less greenhouse gas emissions.
Being consultants, we will provide you with
(from $55.00), listing
the BASIX® requirements for all new development applications associated with
residential construction, such as:
alterations & additions
Swimming pools & outdoor spas (40,000 litres & more)
Lodging Houses & Backpacker accommodation under 300m²
Low-rise, mid-rise & high rise developments
Certificate forms part of the documentation you will need to submit to
council if you are applying for a Development Application for one of the
above categories within NSW. The BASIX®
Certificate or BASIX®
(The Building Sustainability Index), is generated online using
the website owned and maintained by the NSW Government, Department of
Planning and Infrastructure.
Certificate comprises of three sections:
To achieve a pass for
Certificate, there are specific targets or percentages that must be
reached for Water & Energy, which is 40% for most areas and less for others,
because it is based on local climate conditions.
(Changes proposed to increase targets to 50%
- See Government
website - Exhibition end 14-02-14)
For the Thermal Comfort section,
allows three options in order to pass:
Certificate Centre, the majority of
Certificates will include the Simulation Method for new homes, because
over the years we have found this method allows for a more accurate simulation
of your home, taking into account many aspects of the design that are not
possible in the other two methods. And although this method can make the
Certificate more expensive, we have found in the majority of cases the
additional expense is saved during construction because of the choices available
in selecting materials and insulation.
Certificates needed for more then one new dwelling, like Dual Occupancy,
Duplex or Units, the Simulation Method is the only option available.
Before we finalise the
Certificate, we provide our clients with a
Report, which is a draft copy of the
requirements. It is at this time that we ask our clients to read
through the commitments and let us know if any changes are required before we
Certificate is complete, the date plus the certificate number are shown
on the front page of the
then have three months to submit the
Certificate to council, and if this time is exceeded, the
Certificate must be reissued.
Changes can be made to the
Certificate once certified, however fees can apply, and this is one of
the reasons our office provides clients with the
How much does a BASIX®
from our office, ready for council
submission, will range from:
BASIX® Certificate Swimming Pools & Spas ..............
BASIX® Certificate Alterations & Additions from .........
BASIX® Certificate New Homes from
....................... $ 220.00
BASIX® Certificate Dual Occupancy, Multi Units etc ... P.O.A.
The above fees exclude the Government charges as
For the majority of projects, we
will provide a BASIX® Certificate
Fee Proposal, free of charge.
This may only apply to
Certificates relating to Alterations, New Homes, and Multi Units.
Certificates for Swimming Pools has a fixed base rate
Government charges from 1st July 2011
On 1st July 2011
the NSW Department of Planning who maintain BASIX®
introduced a fee of $50.00 for generating BASIX®
Certificates, which applies to all new homes. A fee will also apply
Certificates relating to Multi-Unit developments and this is calculated on a
On the 30th September 2011 the introduction of a
$25.00 fee for Alterations & Additions, plus Swimming Pools and Spas that
Certificate was also introduced by the department maintaining
Certificates are valid for three months from the date they were issued and
if not submitted to council within this time for Development Approval will
become invalid and a further fee will need to be paid the NSW Department of
Planning to validate the
It is important to note the
Reports (a draft copy of the
requirements) can be produced without a charge from the government.
Government fees do not attract GST, however, as an ATO requirement, our
costs must to include GST and may be refunded by the ATO to the end user.
The NCC or
National Construction Code (formerly BCA or Building Code of Australia) is a set of codes produced and maintained by the
Australian Building Codes Board, referred to a ABCB. These codes set minimum
national standards for health, safety, amenity and sustainability. Thermal
Performance is but one of the minimum standards within the NCC and in 2011
the minimum target for Thermal Performance was raised to 6 Star.
However, all States and
Territories have yet to adopt this 6 Star minimum, with New South Wales being
one of the states still to set a date to implement this. For NSW,
the Department of Planning and
Infrastructure controls BASIX®
and the implementation of the Star rating requirements.
the current minimum thermal performance is approximately 4 Star. However,
does implement a change to their current Thermal Comfort requirements, it may
not be to 6 Stars. With the past increases set by the NCC,
had not immediately implemented the increases.
However, NSW Planing &
Infrastructure (Formally the Department of
Planning) are proposing changes to the current requirements,
and propose an increase to the Thermal Comfort requirements of BASIX.
This change would increase the requirements to Sydney
(Zone 56) to approximately 5 Stars.
For more information go
to the government
website and the exhibition period was to end on 31st January 2014,
but has been extended to 14th February 2014.
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