Code for sustainable homes

As from 1st May 2008, it became mandatory to have a Code rating against all new homes in England

It is a national standard for use in the design and construction of all new homes with a view to encouraging continuous improvement in sustainable home building. The implication of the Code is managed by BRE Global (formally BRE Certification Ltd) under contract to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Code for Sustainable Homes (formally known as EcoHomes) is an environmental Assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes under various sustainable design categories including; Energy and CO2 Emissions, Water, Materials, Surface Water Run-off, Waste, Pollution, Health and Wellbeing, Management and Ecology. Each of these categories contains a number of issues that require evidence provided by the developer or private individual to demonstrate compliance with the Code.  We, as Code Assessors provide the necessary reports along with the evidence and submit this information to the BRE for their approval.

As Licensed Code Assessors, BRD Tech are able to carry out the Design Stage Assessment (pre-construction), determine an interim rating and obtain the interim certificate.  Following the construction of each home, we will then be able to carry out a Post Construction or ‘As Built’ Stage Assessment and determine the final score, its code level and obtain the necessary certification from BRE Global.  An individual code level per dwelling is displayed on the certificate of 1 to 6 and represented by an equivalent number of stars.

We can offer you an estimated rating for your development, offer advice and general consultancy on your development prior to carrying out the full assessment reports, which can also assist with the process of Planning Permission. 

Currently in some Local Authorities, planning permission is given to some residential schemes on the condition that a minimum Code Level 3 is reached.  Generally, this requires a higher specification of build and an increase in Dwelling Emission Rate of at least 25% above those specified in the current Building Regulations. All efforts from the developer and the design team are needed to comply with the Code and every site needs to be assessed on an individual basis.  It is not only the energy consumed and created by the dwelling, but also the design, construction, on site control, management and surroundings it sits in, to make a successful development.