The homes we build today will be in place for many decades to come.

It is therefore critical to understand how current building design practices and regulations will perform in future climates.

With projections for hotter temperatures and more extreme weather events, future-ready homes must be energy efficient, thermally safe, and inexpensive to cool to ensure everyone has equitable access to a thermally comfortable home as our climate warms.

Well-performing residential dwellings also deliver broader system benefits including reduced demand on the energy grid and mitigation of urban heat islands, both of which will assist local, state and federal governments to achieve climate change mitigation targets and commitments.

This project reviews the performance of BASIX-compliant dwellings under future climate scenarios in Greater Western Sydney. The outcomes will be used to inform policy decisions.

The project builds on Waverley Council’s Future Proofing Residential Development to Climate Change study, which was focused on the Sydney Eastern Beaches.

Strategy action: 4. Land use and design controls that prioritise resilience.

Project time frame: 2022

Project partners: This is a collaboration between WSROC (lead). UNSW, WSP, DPE (BASIX), Blacktown City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Liverpool City Council, Waverley Council.

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.