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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Assessing the effectiveness of building simulation to regulate residential water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in New South Wales, Australia

Nicholas Landreth, Kevin Wing Kan Yee, Scott Wilson

Abstract: In 2004 the New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure developed a simulation tool known as Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) to regulate water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from proposed new dwellings. Since then the effectiveness of BASIX has been evaluated by analyzing the design features selected by users, and by monitoring the actual water and energy consumptions from BASIX-compliant houses. Although BASIX encourages sustainable design and on average generates a net benefit to households, its modelling is based on average behavioural patterns known in 2002/03. The results highlight the need to establish a better correlation between present user behaviour and water/energy consumptions.
Pages: 2859 - 2866