Because Vermont Estate and its local neighbourhood are part of the Pitt Town sustainable water network, homeowners do not need rainwater tanks to meet BASIX compliance for water. Just by being connected to recycled water, homes save thousands of dollars by not needing to install and maintain a rainwater tank, its pump and plumbing.
When applying for BASIX accreditation, Vermont Estate home builders select “Reticulated Alternate Water Supply” instead of “rainwater tank” and this provides high water ratings for homeowners, making it easy to achieve the water outcome needed for compliance.
No rainwater tank needed
Because Vermont Estate and its local neighbourhood are part of the Pitt Town sustainable water network, your new home is recognised for BASIX certification.
That means you do not need a rainwater tank to achieve BASIX.
By connecting to the Pitt Town recycled water network, you will save between $6,000 and $10,000 on the installation and maintenance of a rainwater tank system.
The Building Sustainability Index, BASIX, is a web planning tool measuring the performance of new homes against water, energy and thermal benchmarks. It is administered by the Department of Planning.
Development Applications for residential dwellings, either a single dwelling or a multiunit, must be submitted with a BASIX Certificate. It applies to new homes and home renovations of $50,000 or more.
BASIX requires all new homes in NSW to:
- Use up to 40% less potable water.
- Produce up to 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the average home.
The BASIX Water target incorporates regional variations such as soil type, climate, rainfall and evaporation rates.
The BASIX Energy target varies according to building type and location.
Each Development Application for a residential dwelling either a single dwelling or a multiunit, must be submitted with a BASIX Certificate. A Certificate is issued once a BASIX assessment has been satisfactorily completed, using the online tool on the BASIX website.
The homeowner, builder, architect or authorised agent is responsible for:
- completing the assessment.
- ensuring the BASIX commitments are clearly marked on the plans.
- submitting the BASIX Certificate with the development application.
For more information or to use the BASIX tool go to www.basix.nsw.gov.au. You can also phone the BASIX Help Line on 1300 650 908.
Eligible for highest BASIX rating
Because Vermont Estate and its local neighbourhood are part of the Pitt Town sustainable water network homeowners receive BASIX recognition. In addition, they are also eligible for high BASIX ratings.
Recycled water can attract a 60 point rating from BASIX, helping the homeowner reach a higher score for their home.
How do I apply for BASIX Certification
When you go online to apply for BASIX certification, please make sure you:
- Delete the requirement for a rainwater tank
- Replace “Rainwater Tank” with “Alternative Reticulated Water Supply”.
Recycled water automatically gives you a higher BASIX score than rainwater tanks. And if you also install approved water savings devices in your toilet, bathroom, kitchen and laundry you will be eligible for the highest BASIX water rating.
If you have any questions, please email us via the Ask Us tab in the top right hand corner of our Help Centre or call us on 1300 803 803.