The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes based on BRE Global's EcoHomes scheme. It is a Government owned national standard intended to encourage continuous improvement in sustainable home building.
See the FAQs on our housing standards update page on the BRE website for an update on the Government's recent annoucement on the Code.
This national quality mark will give people the confidence that the new homes they are choosing to buy or rent are well designed and built and cost effective to run. It will also allow house builders to demonstrate the high quality of their homes and to differentiate them in the marketplace.
BRE Global act as advisors on issues related to maintenance and development of the technical contents of the CSH standard and manage implementation of the scheme under contract to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The CSH covers nine categories of sustainable design:
There are mandatory performance requirements in 6 catergories (denoted by an M above). All other performance requirements are flexible. It is possible to achieve an overall level of between zero and six depending on the mandatory standards and proportion of flexible standards achieved.
Assessments are carried out in two phases:
The following requirements to meet the standard are in place:
Some local authorities also require CSH standards to be met as a condition of planning approval.
DCLG have published a number of case studies on their website. To access these please click on the link on the right hand side of this page.
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