The government has officially put an end to eco-housing yardstick, the Code for Sustainable Homes
The move, part of a radical shake-up of housing standards given Royal Assent on Friday (27 March), will mean planners can no longer demand a Code Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 as a planning condition for residential developments.
The abolition of the energy standard for homes comes in response to the Housing Standards Review consultation and forms part of the government’s wider mission to slash housing regulations by 90 per cent.
All energy requirements for homes will now be contained within the Building Regulations which are set to be ramped up to a minimum equivalent to Code Level 4.
Legacy cases and developments already in the planning system may continue to use the code, and the BRE – which is responsible for assessing compliance with the standard – has said it will continue to certify schemes.
Gwyn Roberts, who is responsible for Housing Standards at BRE, said: ‘The code has been a catalyst for significant positive change in house building – it created a step change in standards, knowledge, products and skills within the sector.
The code hasn’t resonated with consumers
‘However, the code as a Government standard, hasn’t resonated with consumers as this is key to really driving the market further forward. BRE is now working with the industry to do this.’
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