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The Code for Sustainable Homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable.
The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against nine categories of sustainable design, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package.
The Code uses a one to six star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home. The Code 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 will provide valuable information to home buyers, and offers builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.
The Code is closely linked to Building Regulations, which are the minimum standards required by law. The Code is intended to show the future direction of Building Regulations and provide greater regulatory certainty for the home building industry.
How can CEADA help?
CEADA provides accredited ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ assessors and as such can produce both ‘Design Stage’ and ‘Post Construction’ Code assessments. It is beneficial to involve your Code assessor as early in the design process as possible, so as many of the credit-earning issues as possible can be included in the design. CEADA also offers a free seminar on Code for Sustainable Homes for developers and architects which can help to increase your knowledge of the Code and covers the ‘Issues’, including an analysis of which are the easiest (and/or cheapest) to achieve.