Code for Sustainable Homes

Often required by local planning authorities and most housing associations, a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment is required to demonstrate a certain level of sustainability for a development. Levels range from 1 to 6, with 6 being the carbon zero.

What is Code? Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an environmental and sustainable assessment process for new homes which provides certification against a set of technical and practical standards. The certification process is owned and governed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The process involves an assessment against nine individual design categories all with sub-categories:-

  • Energy & CO² Emissions
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface Water Run-Off
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Management
  • Ecology

Each category includes a number of environmental issues, each issue is a source of environmental impact which can be assessed against a performance target and awarded one or more credits. Performance targets are more demanding than the minimum standard needed to satisfy Building Regulations. The Code for Sustainable Homes is generally assessed in a two-stage process (design stage and post construction stage) using objective criteria and verification.

What’s involved? At a design stage the process is very much a desktop assessment of the project drawings and specifications. Dependent on the Code level requirement it may be required to appoint other specialist consultants such as Energy Assessors, Ecologists, Daylight Assessors, Acoustic Engineers and Drainage & Flood Consultants to provide detailed reports to substantiate various credit requirements.

How we can help? Our team of energy and sustainability experts can assist your development through pre planning, design stage and final certification at post construction review stage. We have successfully assisted and certified hundreds of new homes throughout southern England and London. We even have our own Ecologists, Drainage & Flood experts which means you will save time, money and a lot of hassle by keep everything all under one roof. Our proactive approach and use of simple guides and checklist means you are able to effortlessly build a new homes regardless of the Code level requirement.

Don't forget! Use our New Build Pack service to save money and hassle by combining your SAP, EPC, Air Testing, Ventilation Testing, Water Calculation and Acoustic Testing (if applicable) all together.

Why use us?

  • Experienced and qualified assessors providing low cost solutions
  • Fast turnaround for pre-assessments
  • Save time, money and hassle by using us to do everything
  • Detailed reports and checklists make it easy for you to understand what to do throughout the build process
  • Every project includes a free design strategy meeting and report to identify the most cost effective solutions for your development
  • A dedicated assessor from start to finish

What next?

Send us your drawings and we’ll take care of the rest.