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:
Surface water run-off
Health & Well-being
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:
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
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.