Building & Development Consultancy
Bluefox (Loughborough) Ltd Reg Number: 06309920
PO Box 8691 Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 9EB
tel: 07912 120052 web: www.bluefoxqs.co.uk email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Code for Sustainable homes is a rating system from one to six for the sustainability of a new dwelling. These are mandatory of Government funded housing and are increasingly required as a Planning requirement.
We will be there to offer advice throughout every stage of the process, right from the outset to ensure compliance with the code and to achieve the desired level of certification.
It is important that the Code Assessor is brought into the process at the earliest possible stage to ensure that the proposed design and specification can achieve the required code. It can be very costly to make alterations retrospectively in order to gain extra code points.
Our first job will be to produce pre-
We will then consult you on the overall code method, as well as outlining the numerous options available to you in order to achieve the level of choice.
After that we will assess the design specifications before producing a detailed design stage report. If you are facing and complications during planning we will intervene to help resolve these.
Once you are satisfied, we then take care of the registration of the developments and submit them to the appointed service provider.
When the construction is completed, we will carry out a post construction stage review and will refer to the design stage report to ensure that the dwelling has been built in accordance with this. This will be documented in a post construction stage report.
Finally, when the parties involved are happy that the project has been completed to the required standard, the home will receive its code level and the final certificate will be issued.
The code for sustainable homes was introduced in England in April 2007.The code is intended to improve the overall sustainability of new homes by setting a single framework within which the home building industry can design and construct homes to higher environmental standards.
From May 2008 those selling new homes will be required to provide information to
any prospective purchaser on the sustainability of the home. Where a home is designed
and built to the code and assessed against it, a code certificate will be provided.
Otherwise, a statement of non assessment (a nil-
The code measures the sustainability of a home against nine design categories, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. The design categories are:
Each category includes a number of environmental issues which have a potential impact of the issues can be assessed against a performance target and awarded one or more credits.
The code uses a sustain rating system – indicated by ‘stars’, to communicate then overall performance of a home. A home can achieve a sustainability rating from one to six depending on the extent to which it has achieved code standards. Energy efficiency and categories also have minimum standards that must be achieved at every level of the code, recognising the importance to the sustainability of and home.
The sustainability rating which a home achieves represents its overall performance
across the nine code design categories. Minimum standards exist from a number of
Mandatory minimum performance standards are set for some issues. For of these a single
mandatory requirement is set which must be met, whatever code level is sough. Credits
are not awarded for these issues. Conformation that the performance requirements
are met for all four is a minimum entry requirement for achieving a level 1 rating.
The four un-
If the mandatory minimum performance standard is met for the four un-
Weightings are applied to each category to adjust the relative credits. This is to reflect the contribution made by each category to the overall code. For example energy contributes 36.44 therefore the credits scored are multiplied by 1.26 pollution contributes 2.84 and therefore its credits are reduced by multiplying by 0.7.
The assessment process should proceed in a logical order through the environmental impact categories and issues.
If any of the standards for the four non-
For every category, the number of credits achieved is divided by the total available and multiplied by the category weighting factor to give a percentage point score for the category. This number should be rounded down to two decimal places before the next step.
The rounded percentage point scores for each category are then summed to arrive at the total percentage points score for the dwelling. The total percentage point score must be rounded down to the nearest whole number.
The code level is then derived from the total percentage points according to the code level is represented on the certificate by an equivalent number of stars.