Sustainable Homes

From 1 May 2008 it has been a mandatory requirement for all new homes to have a rating against the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The Code for Sustainable Homes replaced EcoHomes for the assessment of new housing in England. The Code is an environmental assessment method for new homes based upon BRE’s EcoHomes and contains mandatory performance levels in 7 key areas.

How Can We Help?

Adams Integra are a licensed Code for Sustainable Homes assessment organisation able to offer a range of services tailored to meet your needs depending on the scale of the project and how far advanced you are with your development. This can be from just informal pre-assessment advice through to design stage and post construction assessment leading to full certification.

Unlike EcoHomes the Code for Sustainable Homes requires new mandatory minimum levels of performance that have been introduced across 7 key issues:

  • Energy efficiency/CO

  • Water efficiency

  • Surface water management

  • Site Waste Management

  • Household Waste Management

  • Use of Materials

  • Lifetime Homes (applies to Code Level 6 only)

The Code has a scoring system of six levels. The different levels are made up by achieving both the appropriate mandatory minimum standards together with a proportion of the ‘flexible’ standards.

Code assessments are carried out in two phases: – An initial design stage assessment and interim certification is carried out at the design stage based on design drawings, specifications and commitments. – Final assessment and certification is carried out after construction based on the design stage review with confirmation of compliance including site records and visual inspection.

For an informal, no obligation discussion about your requirements or general questions about the Code for Sustainable Homes and our related menu of services please contact us or telephone 01243 771304.