Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment & Consultancy
The Code for Sustainable Homes was an assessment tool that superseded the BRE EcoHomes assessment methodology. Referred to as “the Code”, it aimed to provide benchmarks on the construction of homes with a high environmental performance. However, since March 2015 the mandatory requirement for the Code for new homes has been withdrawn. Local Authorities should no longer require compliance with the Code for new development. However, for sites registered prior to this date the Code requirement remains.
Currently, instead of using the Code, Local Authorities can set water, energy, access, and internal space requirements based on the forthcoming National Technical Standards. These standards are likely to be equivalent to the Code Level 4 targets for water and energy use. Local Authorities can also include powers to retain renewable energy and communal heating requirements.