Eco Homes An introduction
Eco Homes is a BREEAM environmental rating for homes. It was the forerunner to the Code for Sustainable Homes and is very similar to the Code in its aims and regulations.
Where do the regulations apply?
The Code for Sustainable Homes only relates to new dwellings in England and Wales whereas Eco Homes applies to:
- Scotland and Northern Ireland
- for all refurbishments (please see the new BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Section)
- for existing assessments registered under BREEAM Eco Homes Certification
- where planning permission or legal contracts stipulate
The difference between Eco Homes and the Code for Sustainable Homes
Generally speaking BREEAM Eco Homes Certification process is very similar to the Code for Sustainable Homes, although there are a number of important and significant differences. As fully a licensed Eco Homes Assessor we are able to assist and advise throughout the project.
Both systems have a design stage and post construction stage, but Eco Homes doesn't have any mandatory or minimum standards and is considered on a site wide rather than individual dwelling basis. A substantial number of credits, in relation to EH, relate to the site context - how it is related to transport and amenities.
One big difference is that BREEAM Eco Homes Certification are based on absolute carbon levels rather than % improvement over Building Regulations
Eco Homes Assessor - Certification and Consultancy
At Hunter Architects & Planners we can provide a full range of BREEAM Eco Homes certification, assessments, reports, Pre-Assessment Estimators as well as a full consultancy service. The various pages on this website relating to the Code for Sustainable Homes are equally as valid for BREEAM Eco Homes certification and it is equally important to appoint an Eco Homes Assessor at the earliest stage in the process.
For more information on Eco Homes and the assessment process please see our dedicated website: www.ecohomesassessor.com
Please contact us today to see how we can help with your BREEAM Eco Homes certification project.