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The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) has been developed by the government as the preferred method to promote the design and construction of sustainable homes for the nation. Introduced in 2008, it was initially a voluntary process for developers, but is becoming compulsory over the next few years.

The Code works hand in hand with Part L for Energy Efficiency in new buildings. So it is intrinsically linked to the SAP Calculation required by Building Control. However, the code is generally a requirement by planning authorities. Instead of making it a condition of completion, many planning authorities are expecting pre-assessments from planning drawings prior to granting permission for developments. It is therefore essential to understand CSH requirements at the earliest possible stage in a project.

Assessments at design stage (DS) and Post Construction Stage (PCS) award credits for certain features above and beyond benchmark Building Regulations requirements, especially in Approved Documents  Parts L1A and L1B (AD L1A & ADL1B)  based around, energy consumption, water usage, materials sustainability, surface water run off, waste, pollution, health and well-being, management and ecology [insert link here].

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Since April 2008, all new social housing has to achieve a level 3 rating and from 2010 this became Level 4. Private housing was introduced at Level 3 from April 2010. However some planning authorities are specifically asking for tighter Level requirements such as Level 4 by Kington upon Thames. By 2016, the government’s target is to make all new homes Level 6 which is deemed to be the equivalent to a zero carbon home.

Achieving higher levels of CSH will have the following benefits

For the Environment:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Homes will be better suited to inevitable future climate change
  • Reduced impact on the environment overall

For House Builders:

  • Differentiation from competitors through optional take up of an enhanced code
  • Code indicates future Building Regulations allowing business and investment planning
  • Flexibility in deciding how to meet and exceed the minimum requirements

For Social Housing Providers:

  • Lower running costs
  • Improved comfort and satisfaction
  • Raised sustainability credentials
  • For Consumers:
  • Provides information on the sustainability of the dwelling
  • Reduced environmental footprint
  • Lower running costs
  • Improved well being

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