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New Sustainability Standard to supersede Code For Sustainable Homes.

BRE are set to launch a brand new voluntary Sustainability certification for new housing developments next year, once the Code has breathed its last! The built environment think tank launched a consultation on the scope of the new voluntary standard , which will apply to new dwellings.

BRE’s decision was based on the government’s axing of the Code for Sustainable Homes, many of it’s features being wrapped up in Building Regulations and also feedback from developers, many of whom are already producing Code level homes as standard and feel they want to be able to demonstrate higher than minimum standards as a differentiating factor.

The new voluntary standard will form part of the ever growing suit of BREEAM certifications for building sustainability and will feature a broader range of sustainability measures such as emphasis on adverse and extreme weather such as flooding, biodiversity, resource efficiency, in use performance and well being of occupants. 

Director of BREEAM at BRE Gavin Dunn was keen to point out that the new standard will not only benefit developers but also give consumers a tool to compare the sustainability performance of properties built to different standards enabling them to make real comparisons at the point of sale.

BRE are seeking feedback on the scope of the new standard until the end of July 2014 and hopes to launch in the Spring of 2015.

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