Code for Sustainable Homes

Very quietly pushed out on 17th April 2012 (the only press I’ve seen which picked it up were Construction Enquirer – linked further down), a press release buried in the Masonry First website heralded the launch of a new report from ‘think tank’ The Futures Group “Building Better Homes for the Customer” (pdf, 16 pages). Their […]

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The second in my short series of guest posts on CSH Lessons learned continues (the first post is here). The author is the same as the previous post: Here is another situation that also occurred on a recent project being assessed for the Code for Sustainable Homes, which is another example of how easy it […]

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I was recently approached by a long time friend of the blog to see if I could host a guest post, about lessons learned whilst dealing with Code for Sustainable Homes. I said ‘certainly!’. We are not able to mention the project – it will remain anonymous. The author was the sustainability manager for the […]

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Remember this post where I couldn’t find the figure of £4,458? I was determined to find out where the figure had come from. I emailed Andrew Stunnell, but as I wasn’t a constituent, his office couldn’t respond. They assured me the query was sent on to DCLG, but no response to date. I tried emailing […]

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Along with the usual updated quarterly figures for the number of dwellings built to CSH, we had a bonus publication this month – Cost of building to the Code for Sustainable Homes – Updated Cost Review. The report is interesting and I’ll go into deeper analysis below. What I found more interesting was the Andrew […]

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Last Wednesday, buried in the midst of all the material associated with the Budget, came a watered down (almost) definition of zero carbon. I shall attempt to illustrate a short history of zero carbon and the past five years below, but the lesson remains this (from Robert Kyriakides almost 3 years ago): Trying to work […]

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Is it RIP CSH?

by Mel Starrs on March 7, 2011

in Code for Sustainable Homes

Does it feel like the end of days for Code for Sustainable Homes or is it just me? Remember of course that I love a bit of DOOM and can see a conspiracy theory behind every incompetent decision (I need to try and remember Hanlon’s Razor more often – “Never attribute to malice that which […]

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So news reached us today that Grant Shapps has ditched the HCA standards which had been proposed to come in April 2011. CLG heralded the move as Shapps: We’re lifting burdens from the backs of builders. Construction News were equally upbeat, announcing “Shapps announces dual boost for housebuilding“. But is it really good news? Let’s […]

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At the back end of last week the revised Code for Sustainable Homes Technical Guidance November 2010 was published (late as usual – should have been the latter half of October 2010). I won’t go through the changes in this post, but there’s a handy summary document on the same page. For a while now […]

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Today I have been testing out Stroma’s new FREE software for Code for Sustainable Homes. It’s a spreadsheet tool which allows you to see the consequences of adding or deducting points from CSH. Something you could do yourself with an hour or two and editgrid or excel, but it’s nice to have a slick professional […]

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