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Code for Sustainable Homes an Overview

News: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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The Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) is a UK government scheme to assess and certify the environmental performance of new build homes. The Code is based on an earlier scheme, introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), called EcoHomes. The aim of the Scheme is to encourage developers to improve the sustainability when constructing new homes.

The BRE oversee the scheme on behalf of the Governments Department of Communities and Local Government, and advise on development, technical and implementation issues relating to the CfSH.

The Code for Sustainable Homes assesses nine categories:

  • Energy and CO₂Emissions
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface Water Run-Off
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Management
  • Ecology

The Bold categories above are those areas that are mandatory requirements of the Code, the others offer a more flexible approach.

The Code for sustainable Homes assessment is undertaken in two stages. The initial assessment is completed at the Design Stage and is based on documented evidence such as design stage drawings and developer commitments highlighting the intent to undertake the actions described in the particular section of the code requirements.

The second and final stage is carried out after the construction process, and is used to show that the developer has put into place those measures agreed at the design stage of the project, this can include as build drawings, site visits and records. If all areas have been completed satisfactorily a Final Certificate of Compliance is given the developer.

Where is the code for Sustainable Homes required

All new housing seeking funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is required to meet CfSH to level at least level 3. A lot of Local Authorities are now requiring developers to implement the Code for Sustainable Homes methodology as a condition of the Planning Approval process.

Sadler Energy has a great deal of experience in undertaken Code for Sustainable Homes, and we offer a number of complimentary services, such as Flood Risk Assessments, Home User Guides and Ecology reports to help our clients meet the requirements of Code. To find out more about our services visit our website at Code For Sustainable Homes or call us on 01962 718870.

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