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Improving Home Efficiency – Code for Sustainable Homes 2013


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Have you heard of Code for Sustainable Homes yet? If you haven’t, this could all change in the near future, as 2013 sees more developments in this area. The idea of being sustainable in various ways in the way we live is becoming more prevalent nowadays, and this is true enough in the area of building.

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What is the Code for Sustainable Homes?

You may have heard of this Code already, but you may be unsure of what it means. Put simply it is a new standard for the creation of new homes. So it will not apply to buildings that already exist, but those that are built in the future must be sustainable according to the guidelines provided in the Code.

Who will be involved in this new process?

Good sustainability occurs right from the very beginning of the building process. This means architects and home designers will need to adhere to the Code in order to create homes that meet its requirements. The builders will also need to adhere to the Code so they build homes that will be sustainable.

Sustainable basically means the homes will have far fewer carbon emissions than standard homes that already exist.

How can you get input and advice for a new build you may be planning?

If you are thinking of building your own home and you want to find out more about the Code, the best bet is to get hold of the Code for Sustainable Home technical guide. This provides all the information you need to ensure your proposed new build meets the regulations and goals set out to make it as carbon efficient as possible.

How does the Code work?

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The idea is any home that is built must be assessed to ensure it meets the minimum requirements. At the moment you need to have a nil rating on an assessment for a new home. However these assessment levels are intended to change over the coming years, with a Code 3 rating the next to be acquired. 2013 is supposed to mark the advent of the Code 4 rating as the minimum, but this is uncertain at present. Eventually the minimum rating should be a Code 6, but some are unsure as to whether the government will stick to its proposed goals in this sense.

In any event it is wise to ensure you become familiar with the Code. The house building process can bring in lots of environmentally friendly measures to help reduce bills and keep it warmer and with fewer emissions too. Consult solar installers and other similar businesses to see how efficient your new home could become in the right hands.

Either way, the new Code looks set to revolutionise the building industry in terms of creating new homes. In future you can be sure any new home you design will be far more efficient than the one you live in at the moment. And that has to be a good thing.

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