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Code for Sustainable Homes to be scrapped

posted 21 Mar 2014, 05:32 by Unknown user   [ updated 21 Mar 2014, 05:32 ]
The Government has announced that the Code for Sustainable Homes will be wound down and many of its measures combined into the Building Regulations, these changes are intended to take effect by the end of 2014. This is a dramatic simplification of the raft of standards and regulatory procedures that apply to anyone building a house.

The move, the result of a year-long Housing Standards Review and part of the Government's initiative to cut red tape, will ensure all required standards are kept as part of formal Building Regulations; the raft of additional requirements that have affected house builders in recent years, such as but not limited to the Code for Sustainable Homes, will be merged so that self builders have just one contact, with their Building Control office, to ensure they are meeting all required standards.
Code for Sustainable Homes

Key details include:
  • abolition of requirement for rainwater harvesting in areas that don't suffer from shortages
  • some Building Regulations become 'optional' giving local authorities the ability to localise the way homes in there area are built
  • minimum security standards to be introduced
  • the requirement for all homes to be zero carbon by 2016 stays in place
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have decided that they will incorporate two elements of the code, energy and water, into building regulations. It will be up to building control officers and approved bodies to ensure that the regulations are being adhered to.

Much of the detail is still unclear. There will be a minimum water standard of 125 litres per person per day, which is new for building regulations, but the additional optional standard of 110 litres per person per day will only be possible where in areas of water stress. Government though is “Still considering the best way to define areas of water stress to ensure this works in practice.”

It is important to note that although energy and water are being transferred to building regulations the majority of the Code is being dropped.

For now SES can provide you with a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments and are offering a Free Code Pre-Assessment, to arrange a free consultation please call us today on 01279 873354 or email