The Code for Sustainable Homes
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) was launched as part of a package of measures that are ultimately designed to ensure that all new homes constructed in England & Wales can be described as zero-carbon by 2016.
What is the Code?
The CSH measures the sustainability of a new home against nine design categories, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. The CSH uses a one to six star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home.
The CSH sets minimum standards for energy and water use at each level and was developed by BRE (Building Research Establishment).
The CSH provides valuable information to home buyers, and offers builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.
How do I know if I have to comply with the code?
The Code is being implemented as a condition applied via the planning process. In most authorities where it is applied the target to be achieved is Level 3. Unfortunately, there is not a consistent pattern of implementation and some planning authorities have decided to select only certain aspects of the Code. As part of our package we provide an extremely cost-effective service to help make sure your new property complies with the Code and you achieve the level of certification required.
To find out more about the Code for Sustainable Homes, click here.