Environmental Assessment

Code for Sustainable Homes

The 'Code' is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable.

The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against nine categories of sustainable design, rating the 'whole home' as a complete package. The Code uses a one to six star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home. The Code sets minimum standards for energy and water use at each level and, within England, replaces the EcoHomes scheme, developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

The Code will provide valuable information to home buyers, and offers builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.

For further information please visit Communities and Local Government website of contact Roy Stewart at CCI for intial guidance.