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Code for Sustainable Homes

Ground Source have sponsored one of our enployees to become a certified Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor.

Certified and supported by Stroma Accreditation Groundsource can assist your housing project to achieve the required Code Level and demonstrate the sustainableility of the project.

The Code for Sustainable Homes (CODE) measures the sustainability of a new home against categories of sustainable design, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. The code uses a 1 to 6 star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home. The code also sets minimum standards for energy and water use at each level and, within England, replaces the ‘EcoHomes’ scheme, developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

The Code for Sustainable Homes measure the environmental impact of each dwelling under consideration, using the following distinct categories:

  1. Energy and C02 Emissions
  2. Water
  3. Materials
  4. Surface water run-off
  5. Waste
  6. Pollution
  7. Health and Wellbeing
  8. Management
  9. Ecology

Background:

The Code for Sustainable Homes was officially launched on December 13th 2006 with the publication of Code for Sustainable Homes: A step-change in sustainable home building practise (Communities and Local Government, 2006). The Code became operational in England in April 2007, and having a Code rating for new build homes mandatory, from the 1st May 2008. This mandatory requirement came into effect for all developments where a local authority received the building notice, initial notice or full plans application after 1st May 2008. Developments where a local authority had received these stages on or before 30th April 2008 are exempt.

For more details ring 01726 824837 and ask to speak to Andy Lutey.

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