The Code for Sustainable Homes
On 27th February 2008 the government confirmed a mandatory rating against the code would be implemented for new homes from 1st may 2008. The code replaced Eco Homes from April 2007 and introduced minimum standards for energy and water efficiency at every level of the new national standard.
The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against key categories rating the ‘Whole home’ as a complete package. The code uses a 1-6 star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home.
The code sets minimum standards for each level which are set above requirements of Building Regulations.
The code provides new home buyers better information about the environmental impact of their new home and its potential running costs. It also offers builders the tools to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.
The minimum standards for energy & water efficiency are particularly stringent compared to Eco Homes and will require early attention.
Key aspects of sustainability include:
- Surface water run-off
- Health & well being
If you require more in depth information surrounding the Legislations of The Code then please call us or see the BRE website from our links page.