|About the Code for Sustainable Homes
The Code for Sustainable Homes is the national standard developed for sustainable design and construction of new homes with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and creating sustainable development.
The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against nine categories of environmental design, rating the 'whole home' as a complete package.. The performance of a new home is rated against a one to six star system to communicate the overall sustainability performance. Minimum standards are set out within the Code for energy and water use at each level.
Since 1 May 2008 it has been mandatory for all new homes to be rated against the Code and include a Code or nil-rated certificate within the Home Information Pack. The Code for Sustainable Homes replaces the EcoHomes scheme, developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for newly built dwellings, although Ecohomes is still used in England, Wales and Scotland for refurbished dwellings and for newly built dwellings in Scotland.
Quintro's licensed code assesors can advise on and prepare certified Design Stage and Post Construction Assessments against the following design categories of the Code for Sustainable Homes :
• surface water run-off
• health and well-being