The Code for Sustainable Homes

A significant piece of legislation developed to enable a step change in sustainable building practice for new homes.

The Code for Sustainable Homes was introduced to drive a step-change in sustainable home building practice. It's a means of driving continuous improvement, greater innovation and exemplary achievement in sustainable home building.

The Code is a standard for key elements of design and construction that affect the sustainability of a new home. The Code measures the sustainability of a home against design categories, rating the 'whole home' as a complete package.

The design categories included within the Code are;

  • Energy and CO2 Emissions
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface Water Run-off
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Management
  • Ecology

Within the Health and Wellbeing category of the Code, credits are awarded for achieving higher standards of sound insulation than those given in the Building Regulations Approved Document E. The British Gypsum Sound Insulation Solutions guide has been developed to detail British Gypsum’s portfolio of enhanced sound insulating solutions. Featured within the guide are separating wall and floor systems for home builders wishing to demonstrate higher performance through the use of Pre-Completion Testing or Robust Details.

Residential Sector