Housing supply

Property council welcomes focus on sustainability and housing supply

The improvements will require continued collaboration between New South Wales and local government, industry and other stakeholders to create the homes the community needs, says the PCA.

The announcement:

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to make significant improvements to the BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) system and its reaffirmed commitment to housing supply.

NSW executive director for the Property Council, Luke Achterstraat, said that throughout a very long period of consultation, the industry had remained clear in its commitment to delivering strong sustainability results.

“We have always supported the goals of creating exceptional places and achieving good design results that are essential to the long-term success and sustainable growth of our cities and regions,” said Mr. Achterstraat.

“Australia’s real estate industry is leading the world in the design and operation of sustainable buildings, and this is a key focus now and in the future.”

Mr Achterstraat said the real estate sector is a key player on the path to net zero and a sustainable future.

“We are particularly supportive of increasing energy and thermal performance standards in line with the latest National Building Code, implementing embodied carbon requirements and driving buildings to be net zero in working.

“We encourage the NSW Government to implement these common sense and widely supported initiatives.”

“In New South Wales it takes around 200 days for a typical block of units to be approved, compared to around 100 days in Victoria and Queensland, he said.

“With just one in 35 local councils in Greater Sydney on track to meet their housing targets, it is clear the system needs an overhaul.

“As a larger whole, the industry could not support the SEPP design and placement project which was undercooked and poorly drafted despite good intentions. No government analysis had been conducted on the impact the policy would have on housing affordability.

“Reforming our planning system will require continued collaboration between local and state governments, industry and other stakeholders to create the jobs and homes the community desires.”

Source: Australian Property Council