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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Rotary Washing Line - Cut down on tumble drying and reduce your