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Code for Sustainable Homes

In responding to recommendations by the Sustainable Buildings Task Group, John Prescott, Patricia Hewitt and Margaret Beckett agreed in July 2004 that a Code for Sustainable Homes be developed.

Communities and Local Government (then ODPM) carried out a public consultation on the code between 4 December 2005 and 6 March 2006.   The consultation documentsummary of responses to the consultation and the  Regulatory Impact Assessment can be viewed on the Communities and Local Government website. 

On 13 December  2006, the Code for Sustainable Homes - a new national standard for sustainable design and construction of new homes was launched. 

By integrating elements of this voluntary Code into new homes and obtaining assessments against the Code, developers will be able to obtain a ‘star rating’ for any new home which will demonstrate its environmental performance. It will provide valuable information to home buyers, and offer builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.

The Code document, RIA and consultation analysis and other supporting documents are available via the links from the left.

Full Technical Guidance on how to comply with the Code will be published in April 2007.