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The Code for Sustainable Homes introduces minimum standards for energy and water efficiency at every level of the new national standard. The Code measures the sustainability of a home against key design categories, rating the 'whole home' as a complete package. The minimum standards for Code compliance have been set above the requirements of Building Regulations and new homes can achieve a rating on a scale of one to six 'Code Levels' depending on the standard achieved.

The key design categories included within the Code are:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface water run-off
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Health & Well-being
  • Management
  • Ecology

The Code builds on the EcoHomes system, and apart from the above design categories, it also includes new areas of sustainability design, such as Lifetime Homes and the inclusion of composting facilities and dedicated storage for cycles. Homes are assessed at design stage in a similar manner to that of the EcoHomes system, but additionally require verification at post-completion stage.

Code assessments are carried out in three phases:

Code Pre-Assessment
Based on your aspirations and requirements we provide advice on how to work towards the Code level targeted

Design Stage Review
Based on design drawings, specifications and commitments we make sure targets are achievable
Results in interim certificate of compliance

Post Construction Review
Based on the design stage review we review if theory has been successfully translated into the actual property built. We work with you and your build team to ensure compliance can be demonstrated before submitting documentation and inspection reports for final certification.

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