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Code for Sustainable Homes
Table of Contents
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is a general rating method for assessing and certifying the performance of new dwellings based on BRE Eco Homes scheme. It is a national guideline intended to encourage improvements in sustainable home building. BRE acts as advisors on issues related to maintenance and development of the technical contents of the Code for sustainable Homes standard and manage implementation of the scheme under Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The Code for sustainable Home covers nine categories of sustainable design:
1- Energy and CO2 emissions : This section covers aspects such as insulation, renewable energies and efficient systems.
2- Water: This section covers aspects such as water usage in the building and rain water collection systems.
3- Materials: This section specifically tries to rate the materials in the fabric of the building based on sustainability and CO2 emission.
4- Surface Water Run-off: This section covers aspects such as flood risk
5- Waste: This section covers aspects such as recycling and composting.
6- Pollution: This section specifically tries to rate the insulation in the fabric of the building and heating systems based on sustainability and CO2 emission.
7- Health and Wellbeing: This section covers aspects such as daylight, sound insulation and life time homes.
9- Ecology: This section covers all important and necessary works for keeping and enhancing the ecological values of the site.
It is possible to achieve an overall level of between zero and six dependent on the mandatory standards and proportion of flexible standards achieved.
Phase 0: Pre assessment: A basic assessment is carried to achieve planning permission. This assessment is normally carried out based on basic information provided by architects and it is just simply to demonstrate how we are going to achieve the points and which level we can achieve by targeted points in different categories.
Phase 1: Design Stage or pre construction: An initial assessment is carried out at the design stage. This is based on detailed documentary evidence and commitments provided by the architect and/or the contractor which results in an interim certificate of compliance.
Phase 2: Post construction: Final assessment and certification is carried out at the post construction stage. Based on the design stage review, this includes a confirmation of compliance, including site records and visual inspection, and results in a final certificate of compliance.
All new housing funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is required to meet Code for sustainable Homes level 3. All new housing promoted or supported by the Welsh Assembly Government or their sponsored bodies is required to meet Code for sustainable Homes level 3. All new self-contained social housing in Northern Ireland is required to meet Code for sustainable Homes level 3. There are similar requirements by different borough in London such as Kingston to achieve Code for sustainable Homes level 3 or Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for any new houses.
Future BY Energy
Future BY Energy Ltd is a professional energy assessor company with a rich understanding of the UK energy market. We offer independent professional expertise in mechanical engineering for all domestic and commercial buildings and strategic energy advice. As expert designers and specifiers of heating-cooling systems, we pride ourselves in finding affordable energy efficient solutions for new and existing buildings. We have top level experience in a wide range of building types in both commercial and domestic sectors.
As registered energy assessors we provide:
• Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
• SAP calculation and predicted energy assessment for new built dwellings (EPC-SAP/PartL)
• SBEM calculation for Commercial buildings (SBEM/Part L)
• Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
• Display Energy Certificates for Public buildings (DEC)
• Air Conditioning Inspections (TM44)
• Asbestos surveys and consultancy
• Air permeability-Leakage test
• Sound test and acoustic consultancy
Please do not hesitate to contact, Behdad Yazdani, on 02081440820, who will be pleased to advise you.