Code for Sustainable Homes Services
REEGEN are accredited Code for Sustainable Homes assessors. The Code for Sustainable Homes is a national standard developed by the Buildings Research Establishment (BRE) to improve the overall sustainability of new homes by setting a single framework. We offer a comprehensive assessment service, working with clients from the intial concept through to post-construction stage.
On 1st September 2010 the Code for Sustainable Homes became mandatory with every new dwelling in Wales needing to achieve Level 3.
Level 3 equates an 8% improvement over 2010 Building Regulations.
The process is split into 3 main sections:
This involves one meeting with the Client & Architect and the Credit Strategy is decided, based upon the most appropriate credits in terms of feasibility and cost.
The project is registered with BRE.
A Sustainability Statement is produced which is included in the Design & Access Statement, which forms part of the formal planning application as of June 2010.
A Pre-Assessment report is produced by REEGEN giving an estimated score.
- Prior to work commencing on site
the SWMP (not needed under CSH Nov 2010), Design-Stage SAPs & Surface Water Run-Off credits need to be addressed.
- The Credit Strategy is finalised.
- Evidence is gathered to prove the credits requirements are met such as Manufacturer's specifications, Drawings and various calculator tools undertaken by REEGEN
- REEGEN is then able to submit the project to BRE for Design-Stage Assessment.
- Evidence is gathered to confirm the development has been built in accordance with the Design-Stage Specification.
- This is often in the form of letters and a site visit from the Code Assessor.
- The Project is submitted for Post-Construction Stage assessment and final certificates are received.
Please contact us by phone or email
to discuss your project requirements. You can download our helpful guide to Code for Sustainable Homes mandatory credits here
We work with local authorities, housing associations, developers and house builders to help them achieve their code ratings and demonstrate their commitments to sustainability and building regulations. Where it is used, the code also gives new home buyers information about the environmental impact of their new home and its potential running costs and offers developer and builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.
The Code measures the sustainability of a home against nine design categories, rating the 'whole home' as a complete package from the design stage, through to development completion. The design categories are:
- Energy and CO2 emissions
- Surface water run off
- Health and well being