Code for sustainable homes

The Code measures the sustainability of a new home, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package.

A mandatory rating against the Code has been implemented for new homes since 1 May 2008.

The Code uses a 1 to 6 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, it replaces the EcoHomes scheme, developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

We are currently working with major house builders to help the company to achieve code level 4. The definition of zero carbon changed in March 2011 to include only regulated emissions, not unregulated emissions. Therefore code level 6, which includes both regulated and unregulated emissions represents a voluntary standard in excess of the requirements of the building regulations from 2026

If you need help to develop your plans to comply with new regulations, please call 0800 051 5687 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or email us.

Code Categories 

There are nine design categories within the Code for Sustainable Homes and each category has a set of criteria that are measured. If targets are reached points are awarded as follows:

 

 Category

Points 

Energy / CO2

29

Water

6

Materials

24

Surface water run off

4

Waste

7

Pollution

4

Health and wellbeing

12

Management

9

Ecology

9

The areas considered within the energy category, the area that offers the most potential to score points are as follows:

 

 Category

Points 

Dwelling emission rate

15

Building fabric

2

Internal lighting

2

Drying space

1

Energy labelled white goods

2

External lighting

2

Low or zero carbon technologies

2

Cycle storage

2

Home Office

1



The latest Technical Guidance manual is published every six months by the Government to reflect the changes taking place in the Code. The latest Guide was made available in October 2010. Visit the Planning Portal for more details.

Read latest guide here.

Timetable for Implementation 

 

 Target Date

2012 

2013 

2016 

 Energy efficiency improvement of the dwelling compared to 2006 (Part L Building Regulations)

 25%

44% 

Zero Carbon 

 Equivalent standard within the Code for Sustainable Homes

 Code Level 3

Code Level 4 

Code Level 6 

 

What about Scotland?

The Code does not apply in Scotland. EcoHomes is still in use.

What about Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland has required Code Level 3 for all public sector housing since April 2008.

What about Wales?

The National Assembly for Wales has announced it will be adopting the Code in the near future.

If you need help in meeting the legislation and regulations that affect you, call 0800 051 5687 or email us.

What about Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland has required Code Level 3 for all public sector housing since April 2008.

What about Scotland?

The Code does not apply in Scotland. EcoHomes is still in use.

What about Wales?

The National Assembly for Wales has announced it will be adopting the Code in the near future.