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Wood heaters one of the greenest way to heat

It’s something we’ve been saying for a long time and now it is finally official! Well, in New South Wales, anyway. Earlier this month, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) was revised to set a lower greenhouse gas emission rating for residential wood-fire heating.

The lowered gas emission rating was in response to pressure from the Firewood Association of Australia, who referred to results from a CSIRO study that confirmed firewood produced the least greenhouse gas of any domestic heating option.

The rating change represents a turnaround from the less-desirable rating fireplaces had in the past, and acknowledges the huge efforts from manufacturers and designers to produce more fuel-efficient wood heaters and environmentally-conscious fireplaces, as well as efforts from forestry and farming operations to grow firewood-producing trees more sustainably.
If you’re interested in learning about the many fuel-efficient heating options we stock in our range, feel free to pop into the showroom or get in touch with us directly.

Additionally, if you’d like a more in-depth report, head over to Architecture and Design for an interesting and informative article. As they do, though, we will close with the following disclaimer:

Homeowners, builders and architects should be aware that in order to fully comply with BASIX, all domestic solid fuel heaters such as wood heaters need to be installed in accordance with the Local Government Act, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standard AS/NZS 2918.