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Code for Sustainable Homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an Assessment which covers 9 separate categories covering subjects as varied as energy, waste, materials and ecology. Currently Housing Associations may require The Code as an employer’s requirement.

It measures a development’s sustainability from Design Stage to the completed construction phase.  The building will be awarded one of 6 levels, 6 representing net zero carbon. The condition will usually specify which Level of the code is required.

The Code for Sustainable Homes was introduced as the Governments strategy for improving the environmental specification of new homes.

There are nine areas of the code where points can be awarded:

  • Energy and CO2 emissions,
  • Water,
  • Materials,
  • Surface Water Run-off ,
  • Waste,
  • Pollution,
  • Health and Wellbeing,
  • Management,
  • Ecology.

Of these categories, Energy and CO2 emissions, Water, Materials, Surface Water Run-off, Waste Health and Wellbeing all have mandatory performance requirements.  The remaining four specifications are flexible, with the final overall score of between zero and six being made up of the mandatory and flexible standards.

Assessment of these areas will initially be carried out at the design stage, evidence and commitments are documented and an interim certificate is issued.

The final certification follows an assessment which is made at the post construction stage of the development.  The design stage assessment forms the basis for this assessment and includes a confirmation of compliance, visual inspection and site records. On completion, a final certificate of compliance is given.

What we can do to help….

Carbon Green will take the whole process off your hands. We’ll take you and your project all the way through the process from the design stage to post construction certification, with minimal cost, allowing you to focus on more important project matters.

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