Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is a holistic national standard for the design and construction of sustainable homes. It will be constantly evolving to improve building performance and invite innovation. Introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes will have a significant impact toward achieving the Govt. target to cut the carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050. The code also address’s other significant environmental issues relating to how we build and live in our homes.
1. What are codes for sustainable homes?
Codes for sustainable homes is a rating system that focuses on the energy efficiency and sustainability of residential properties using 9 specific categories and 6 code levels , 1 being the lowest and 6 being the highest (zero carbon Home).
2. When will a code assessment be required?
A code assessment is required to be included in the Home Information Pack for all new build properties from 1st May 2008. It is possible that certain developers may opt to include a nil rated certificate.
3. What types of properties will require a code assessment?
Social housing will require a code assessment although some of the private house builders are looking to apply a code rating as a standard.
4. What will the cost be for a code assessment?
Each case will be different and will depend on the code level sought, the different types of external bodies that will be required to input to the assessment and the size of the development.
5. Who can assess against the code?
Only qualified accredited code assessors can perform Codes for Sustainable Homes Assessments.
How Monument-Info-Search can Help
In order to achieve the highest possible rating at the lowest cost, STROMA and BRE recommends high involvement of an assessor from the earliest design stage, particularly for the first few projects of a developer under the Code.
Monument-Info-Search Ltd. can help you by offering a proactive approach to achieving the required levels for its clients using the following process:
- Code pre-assessment and pre-planning sustainability report based on drawings and details submitted for consideration.
- Pre-certification advice on achieving a specific Code Level.
- Providing you the quotation for an assessment based on the code level required.
- Certified SAP assessments needed to assess Ene.1 (Dwelling Emission Rate) and Ene.2(Building Envelope) energy credits.
- Submission of a report to Stroma, when a code level is achieved.
- Issuing Code final assessment and certification.
For more information about conducting a Code for Sustainable Homes assessment, or more detailed advice on how to achieve the best rating, please contact us.