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Code for Sustainable Homes - Introduction

The Code is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable.

The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against categories of sustainable design, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. The Code uses a 1 to 6 star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home. The Code sets minimum standards for energy and water use at each level and, within England, replaces the EcoHomes scheme, developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Sustainability certificate and the Code

The Government announced the suspension of Home Information Packs (HIPs) with immediate effect from 21 May 2010.

The requirement for sellers to give a sustainability certificate (either a Code for Sustainable Homes certificate or a nil-rated certificate) to buyers of newly constructed homes has also been suspended.

The Code for Sustainable Homes is still operational and remains the Government's national sustainability standard for new homes.

Code assessors and service providers

Code service providers are organisations that train and accredit Code assessors to carry out assessments on homes against the Code for Sustainable Homes. BRE Global Ltd and Stroma Ltd are currently licensed to be Code service providers. If you would like to become a Code assessor, you will need to contact one of these organisations.

Statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes

The latest official statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes and average energy efficiency (SAP ratings) were released on 25 February 2014 in the publication: Code for Sustainable Homes and Energy Performance of Buildings: December 2013, showing how many homes have been certified to the standards set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes and at which level.

The date of release for future Code statistics will be pre-announced in the usual way on the Communities and Local Government website, and on the release calendar attached to the UK National Statistics publication hub.