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Code for Sustainable Homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) measures the sustainability of a new home against nine categories of sustainable design, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. The nine categories of sustainable design assessed by the Code are:
  • Energy and CO2 Emissions
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface Water Run-off
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Heath and Wellbeing
  • Management
  • Ecology

The Code provides valuable information to homebuyers, and offers builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms. It uses a one to six star rating system to show the overall sustainability performance of a new home. A home assessed as six stars will have the highest sustainability rating and no stars the lowest. For example a three star home will be 25% more efficient than a one star home.

Code for Sustainable Home Stars

How Does the CfSH Affect Me?

It is now a requirement under some Council’s Planning policy that all new dwellings constructed are to be assessed against the Code for Sustainable Homes. Planning Core Strategy Policies usually state that development will be expected to demonstrate how it minimises resource and energy consumption, compared to the minimum target under current Building Regulations legislation, and how it is located and designed to withstand the longer term impacts of climate change. Please check with your Council to see what minimum level CfSH is required for your development. Most councils insist on a minimum of level 3 to be achieved although others insist on higher levels.

Code for Sustainable Homes Score

How we can help?
We offer Code for Sustainable Home assessments to meet your project specifications at different stages of the development project, tailored to your requirements. We offer a full range of Code for Sustainable Home assessments from design stage to post construction and certification.

We can offer you and your project:

  • Advice and guidance at the design stage
  • Full design review, liaison with clients and colleagues on the most appropriate Code level achievement strategy for your development, and production of interim certificate
  • Expert calculations for specialist areas of the Code assessment report including SAP calculations, daylighting factor calculations, and water efficiency calculations
  • Guidance on achieving specific ratings
  • Design liaison and progress reports to ensure that both knowledge and documentation develops along with the project
  • Post-construction stage assessment, including site inspections for final Code certificate issue.

Our service is priced dependent on the size of the development. On receiving details of your project we can provide you with a detailed quotation. Our experience and expertise in this field will mean that we can save you thousands of pounds rather than treating the whole Code as a ‘tick box’ exercise. Get a quote and see what we offer.

Building Control officers will continue to work with architects, builders and developers as they currently do however they do not have an enforcement or monitoring role within the CfSH.

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