Assessments under Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) are mandatory on all social or mixed use developments where government funding is required. In addition an increasing number of Local Planning Authorities also specifically require private dwellings to achieve either full Code compliance or a detailed sustainability report in line with CSH standards. Whilst individual dwellings can achieve a CSH rating from Zero to Level 6 (zero carbon), without a CSH assessment a newly built property will automatically receive a Nil Rating which, in a market of environmental awareness, could reduce sales potential. TDC are qualified to produce CSH assessments that will maximise a building’s “green” credentials.
The Code for Sustainable Homes ensures a standard of build in excess of current Building Regulations and is intended to protect the environment, reduce energy bills and promote the wellbeing of residents. In short, it ensures dwellings are designed to be economical for the occupant and ecological for us all.
CSH assessments are time consuming quality controls which, under BRE regulations include, ecology of the site, flood risk, security, structural design, sourcing of materials, energy and water conservation, on-site working practices, health and wellbeing and landscaping.
It is vital to involve TDC to begin the CSH process at the initial planning stage to avoid costly repercussions and potentially the loss of funding. If not dealt with efficiently, planning conditions can often delay a site start and in some cases building completion dates whilst CSH assessments are pending.
We can provide comprehensive advice throughout the development design process, collect supporting evidence, produce calculated interim updates and formation of assessments for certification by the BRE. This service is often provided alongside in-house energy ratings and working drawings so that full information is at our disposal without significant disruption to the client.
TDC have successfully guided many clients through this process and achieved 100% of the CSH ratings required. Code Level 3 is the most common measure of sustainability however many statutory bodies are now asking for Code Level 4 (and above) in line with the government/EU directive for achieving zero carbon in all new build properties by 2016.