Easy Points

The Code for Sustainable Homes assessment should be carried out at the design stage. Considerations have been highlighted throughout both the design stage and build process. However, these preferred or mandatory elements account for only some of the points. Other areas for consideration could gain you some easy Code points.

For example create a home user guide. This is easily achieved by producing a simple folder containing manuals for all the appliances and equipment within the new build property such as the dishwasher, washing machine, central heating, etc.

An easy 3.3 points can be achieved by doing this.

Here are a few practical examples
  • Clothes-drying space - needs to be no more than fixtures for a clothes line (not the line itself). Possible 1.2 points.
  • Secure cycle store - a four bedroom home will need space for four bikes. This can be a lockable shed or simply a couple of bike racks, to which the bikes can be chained. Possible 2.4 points.
  • Home office - this is the "provision of space" that can be set up as a home office and amounts to space for one person with a telephone point and a double power socket. The space can actually be used for anything the homeowner likes. Possible 1.2 points.
  • White goods - setting out in the specification that white goods will be A+ rated. Possible 2.4 points.
  • Composters - Biodegradable waste such as food and garden waste breaks down to produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Over 30% of an average household bin can be composted which doesn't produce methane as it breaks down. Possible 1.2 points. It is possible to achieve a significant number of points with little impact on the house's design, simply by making small, cheap changes and correctly labelling things to bring them to the CSH assessor's attention.
Here are some easy points
  • Water Butt - Harvest rainwater for garden usage, saving potable water.
  • Compost Bin - Garden and food waste put to good use.
  • Garden Shed - A secure FSC timber shed keeps the gardener's tools safe. Well tended gardens have ecological value.
  • Laundry Hangers - Either placed or fixed "over bath", these are a great idea for cutting down on electricity consumption.
  • Recycling Bins - Managing home waste reduces the impact on the environment.
  • Bike Shed - Promoting the use of cycle travel will have a positive effect on the environment.
  • Cycle Racks - Having a fixed cycle rack on your plans shows you are encouraging eco-friendly travel.
  • Bird/Bat Boxes - Site disruption has a negative effect on wildlife. Encourage it back.
  • Kitchen Appliances - 'A' rated appliances can save energy and water.
  • Insect Box - An important part of the developed site's ecology. Insects are vital for wild life and plant life.
  • Fencing - Securing your home boundary with FSC timber is a sustainable choice.
  • Rotary Washing Line - Cut down on tumble drying and reduce your energy consumption.