The Code for Sustainable Homes has been introduced to drive a stepchange in sustainable home building practice. It is a standard for key elements of design and construction which affect the sustainability of a new home. It will become the single national standard for sustainable homes, used by home designers and builders as a guide to development and by home-buyers to assist in their choice of home.
The Sustainability Rating System
The Code uses a sustainability rating system, indicated by stars, to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a home. A home can achieve a sustainability rating from one to six stars depending on the extent to which it has achieved Code standards. One star is the entry level, above the level of the Building Regulations, and six stars is the highest level, reflecting exemplar development in sustainability terms. The sustainability rating which a home achieves represents its overall performance across the nine Code design categories.
Achieving a Sustainability Rating
Section 7 Health & Wellbeing 7.02: Sound
Between one and four stars are awarded for achieving higher standard of sound insulation than required by Part E of the Building Regulations and demonstrating it by either using post-completion testing (PCT) or Robust Details (RD).
What will the Code provide?
It will form the basis for future developments of the Building Regulations in relation to carbon emissions from, and energy use in homes, therefore offering greater regulatory certainty to developers. If all the homes we need are built by 2050, as much as one-third of the total housing stock will have been built between now and then. Current house building plans therefore offer an important opportunity to build high standards of sustainability into the homes we will use in the future. The Code for Sustainable Homes will play a key role in enabling us to seize this opportunity, and to build a future housing stock which both meets our needs and protects the environment.
What are the benefits?
- For housing providers – improved comfort and satisfaction.
Homes built to the Code will enhance the comfort and satisfaction of tenants. Costs may be saved in dealing with noise complaints.
- For consumers – improved well being.
Homes built to Code standard will provide a more pleasant and healthy place to live, for example with more isolation of the passage of sound within the building from dwelling to dwelling.
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