“Windows are complex and interesting elements in the fabric of a home. They let in light and fresh air and offer views that connect interior living spaces with the outdoors. However, windows can be a major source of unwanted heat gain in summer and significant heat loss in winter. Energy efficient windows make your home more comfortable, dramatically reduce your energy costs and help to create a brighter, cleaner and healthier environment.” from Your Home – Australia’s Guide to Sustainable Homes
Complying with today’s widening range of regulations is an unavoidable part of building in contemporary Australia.
The National Construction Code (NCC) is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and each State and Territory Government.
Under the NCC, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. It allows for variations in climate and geological or geographic conditions.
These regulations give a minimum quality of product and service to give you protection within the construction or addition of a dwelling. These include regulations for wind loads, site conditions, thermal comfort, energy values, Bushfire attack levels, material and installation requirements.
A more detailed explanation is provided here by the Australian Window Association.
“An integrated part of the planning system, BASIX is implemented under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. BASIX applies to all residential dwelling types and is part of the development application process in NSW. BASIX reduces water and energy consumption in homes across NSW. These environmental outcomes also provide a long term financial saving for the homeowner – and a valuable contribution to the sustainable future of our communities. You will need a BASIX certificate if you are lodging a development application in NSW for a new home or for any alteration and addition of $50,000 or more to an existing home.” from www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/planning-tools/basix
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