Your new pool needs a BASIX rating too
A little while ago, we wrote about Swimming Pool Compliance Certificates and the measures you have to take if you are buying or renting out a property that has one. Did you know that your new pool will also have to pass BASIX too?
BASIX (or Building Sustainability Index) is a NSW government initiative that “aims to deliver equitable, effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state.” When you submit a building application for a new home, the design and specifications are assessed and are given a score. All new dwellings must must obtain a minimum score as part of the building application process.
If you are opting to build a pool with your new home (or if you’re adding one to an existing home) it will need to comply with BASIX too.
Why does my new pool need to pass BASIX?
All pools consume water and energy. As BASIX is designed to reduce the consumption of these resources in new homes, the NSW government has extended this requirement to new pools too. Pools can be a costly venture to own and maintain, so thinking about a good BASIX score now will help your wallet down the track.
Part of the BASIX assessment is looking at the amount of water the pool will consume. To do this, assessors ask the following questions:
- Is the pool located inside or outside?
- What is the size in kilolitres?
- Does the pool have a cover?
- Is the pool shaded?
- Will you be able to top up the pool or spa from a rainwater tank?
All of these measures are aimed at limiting the amount of water that is lost. This, therefore, reduces your need to use fresh water to top it up.
How much energy that will be consumed in the running and upkeep of the pool is also taken into account.
Heating for your pool will impact energy consumption and BASIX score. The assessors take into account whether or not you have heating installed, and the type of heating you have used. If you do opt for heating then solar heating is the best way to go.
The assessors also consider if the pool/spa pump is running off a timer. This ensures the filter never accidentally be left on (wasting energy).
Have your say?
Have you considered adding a new pool with your new home? Or do you have some handy hints for reducing your pools water and energy consumption? Let us know in the comments below!