The Code for Sustainable Homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes (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. It applies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is entirely voluntary, and is intended to help promote higher standards of sustainable design above current Building Regulations minima.

The Code measures the sustainability of new homes against nine categories of sustainable design, rating the 'whole home' as a complete package. It covers energy/CO2, water, materials, surface water runoff (flooding and flood prevention), waste, pollution, health and well-being, management and ecology. The Code uses a one to six star rating system, with six being the best, to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home against these nine categories.

Greenstead is currently building homes to Level 4 of the Code because we see this as being the optimum balance between sustainability and commercial reality. Since the introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes in April 2007 only 3564 private homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have attained Level 4.* So, a Greenstead home presents the opportunity to join an exclusive collection of truly sustainable homes.

* A Code for Sustainable Homes and Energy Performance of Buildings: Cumulative and Quarterly Data for England, Wales and Northern Ireland up to end of March 2012.