New builds are assessed according to the Code for Sustainable Homes regardless of whether they are a single dwelling or a block of flats. A Code assessment is now required across almost all of England, Scotland and Wales and is part of the Governments plan to build a sustainable future.
What is the Code?
The Code for Sustainable Homes became operational in England in April 2007, replacing Ecohomes for the assessment of new housing. A Code rating for new build homes became mandatory from 1st May 2008. As a method for carrying out an environmental assessment and certifying performance, the Code ensures that new homes are more energy and water efficient, produce fewer carbon emissions and are better for the environment.
Why do we need the Code?
Currently, the UK’s homes account for 27% of the country’s carbon emissions, a major cause of climate change. And it is estimated that the construction industry produces a staggering 100 million tons of waste every year. New homes constructed to the standards set in the Code for Sustainable Homes Level use construction materials that produce less waste, less pollution and have a more positive impact on the environment – and help produce the sustainable homes that are better for their occupants.
How does the Code impact on my project?
Overall, homes that are built to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes scheme have lower running costs, which quickly offset any additional costs incurred in building sustainable housing. Occupants of these new homes are able to live a more sustainable lifestyle, use less energy and water, and can recycle more effectively. Naturally, the Code for Sustainable Homes Level requirements bring new responsibilities for anyone wishing to build a sustainable home. With our help, you’ll meet the requirements of assessment and deliver your project on time and on budget.
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