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an explanation...
The Code for Sustainable Homes is an environmental assessment rating method for new homes, which assesses environmental performance in a two stage process using objective criteria and verification, the first at design stage and then at post construction. There is generally less awareness of the contribution that good building design can make to reducing pollution and improving the environment.

The UK government is committed to addressing both causes and consequences of climate change.

Building sustainable homes requires us to minimise all sorts of environmental impacts in addition to carbon dioxide emissions, such as water use, waste generated and materials for building.

The code represents good or best practice. Each credit is technically feasible and can be delivered by the building industry. From 1st May 2008 it is mandatory for a Code Sustainability Certificate or a NIL rated certificate to be included in a Home Information Pack (HIP).

This applies to all new homes that are marketed for sale.

The code is intended as a single national standard to guide industry in the design and construction of sustainable homes. It is a means of driving continuous improvement, greater innovation and exemplary achievement in sustainable home building.

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a set of sustainable design principles...
the Code measures the sustainability of a home against design categories, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. Those familiar with building regulations, will recognise this as a major and welcome departure from current practice.

The 9 categories are:
energy/CO2
water
materials
surface water run-off
waste
pollution
health and well-being
management
ecology

Each category includes a number of environmental issues, each issue is a source of impact on the environment.

the road map to zero carbon
All new homes to emit 25% less carbon by 2010

All new homes to emit 44% less carbon from 2013

All new homes to be zero carbon by 2016


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