Code for Sustainable Homes
What is the Code for Sustainable Homes?
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is a recognised standard in the UK for key elements of design and construction which contribute to the effect a new home has on the environment. The Code is part of BREEAM, which is an Assessment and Certification procedure which relates to all new build dwellings.
What areas does the Code cover?
The CSH scheme covers nine sustainable design principles. The nine principles covered are:
A home can achieve a rating from one to six stars, depending on how well it has achieved Code standards. One star is the entry level and six stars is the highest level - a zero carbon home. A zero carbon home is a home that achieves zero net emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from all energy use in the home over a 12 month period. There are mandatory standards contained within the Code (for energy, surface water run-off and water) and credits for each of the categories are weighted to give an overall score.
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|1 - Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions;
2 - Water;
3 - Materials;
4 - Surface water run-off;
|5 - Waste;
6 - Pollution;
7 - Health and well-being;
8 - Management; and
9 - Ecology.
In-House Code for Sustainable Assessor
Hunter Architects & Planners offer a full Code for Sustainable Homes design, assessment and certification service in-house. Having this experience integral to the design team assists in creating better and more efficient dwellings which are designed inherently to achieve the relevant regulations in a more cost effective and timely manner, to the benefits of our clients and the wider built environment.
Mandatory CSH Requirements
The Code for Sustainable Homes is mandatory for many areas including the whole of Wales and Manchester City Council and any social housing or publicly owned land. The Code in Wales mandatory rules requires that 1 credit is achieved for ENE 1. This equates to an 8% betterment in current Part L Building Regulations requirements.
Compliance will be required before any planning application can be validated and it is therefore essential to consider the CSH at the very earliest stage of the project and even before the concept stage. Any planning approval will be conditioned so that proof must be given, both before construction works start and upon completion of the building works, that the home has been built to the mandatory minimum standard of the Code in Wales (BREEAM Assessment and Certification). Whilst planning approval may be given, if the house cannot be built to achieve this minimum requirement, the planning approval may be unimplementable.
At Hunter Architects & Planners we can guide you through the process, as well as helping to appoint the design team, to ensure a successful project. For more information on the Code for Sustainable Homes and the assessment process (Pre-Assessment, Design stage and Post Construction stage) please see our dedicated website: www.code4sustainablehomesassessor.com