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Sustainable Homes – advice and guidance from Hevey
October 2009

The drive for sustainability in the construction of new homes continues when the Government confirmed a mandatory rating against the Code will be implemented for new homes from 1 May 2008. Here at Hevey we want to ensure that our customer’s follow the Code on any development project to ensure you are up to date.

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).

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The Code also gives new homebuyers better information about the environmental impact of their new home and its potential running costs, and offer builders a tool with which to differentiate themselves in sustainability terms.

Since April 2007 the developer of any new home in England can choose to be assessed against the Code.

See the full Code here which sets out the assessment process and the performance standards required for the Code.

To ensure you follow the Code when purchasing materials please call the Hevey Sales Team on 01604 417930

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