The following guide to the Code for Sustainable Homes has been created as a useful reference tool to help users familiarise themselves with the contents of the Code and give an overview of the design considerations that must be taken on board in order to build a Code compliant dwelling.
The Guide provides information on compliance with and the necessary assessment criteria of all categories within the Code. Information regarding Code related products and professional services are provided for easy sourcing and to enable a route to compliance.
The code uses nine different design categories to rate the home as a 'whole' unit by reviewing its sustainability performance within each of the key design categories. Ratings are given to each category using a one to six star scale system.
The Code for Sustainable Homes (the Code) was introduced in England in April 2007 following extensive consultation with environmental groups and the home building and wider construction industries.
Two options are open to developers: Choose to build a code compliant home from the outset of the project and have the home assessed against the code to achieve a star rating. A certificate will then be issued stating the star rating obtained. The certificate should then be included within the HIP.
The Code for Sustainable Homes provides a comprehensive measure of the sustainability of new homes, ensuring that sustainable homes deliver real improvements in key areas such as carbon dioxide emissions and water use.
The Government's ambition for the Code is that it becomes the single national standard for the design and construction of sustainable homes, and that it drives improvements in home building practice. This technical guidance sets out the requirements for the Code, and the process for achieving a Code assessment. It aims to make gaining a Code assessment as simple, transparent and rigorous as possible, inspiring confidence in Code assessors, home builders, product manufacturers and consumers.
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