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CSH Guide All you need to know about the Code for Sustainable Homes

Making your world better

Our CSH promise to you If Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is putting a real strain on your resources and margins, be assured that you’re in safe hands with the Energist team. We promise you the best solutions and attention – that’s the Energist CSH promise. Our CSH promise is founded on hard facts, an extensive track-record and growing numbers of delighted clients across the UK. As a market leader, we already work with many of the nation’s housebuilders – which means we can cope with high order volumes and tight deadlines, deliver consistent, speedy service, and give you priceless peace of mind. Clients facing similar challenges to you like the reassurance of knowing that Energist has already completed many CSH projects. Perhaps you’ll recognise some of our existing clients: companies such as Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Galliford Try, Bellway, Berkeley, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Cala, Wates and Leadbitter... We’re sure you’ll also value our extensive experience of CSH Level 3 and 4 projects. We’re currently working on several landmark CSH Level 5 and 6 sites too. These include a proposed 30-unit development where our knowledge of, and working experience with, Code and renewable technology lets us provide costeffective, practical solutions to achieve stringent CSH requirements. With all new dwellings set to be carbon neutral from 2016, we already give clients expert advice to help them ensure that their developments will be future-proof and that even the toughest requirements can be achievable.

Remember, we promise you the best CSH solutions and attention.



4 - Welcome message 5 - New to CSH? 6 - Worried about the CSH regulations? 7 - How CSH differs around the UK 8 - A typical CSH timeline 9 - Code categories November 2010 16 - Quick reference guide 29 - O  ur Top 10 tips for achieving Code for Sustainable Homes 30 - What to do next‌ 31 - Jargon Buster 32 - What YOU say about working with us


Welcome Message from Sarah Fenwick, Managing Director of Energist UK

Things don’t get any easier in construction. We seem to say something similar every time we write introductions like this one, or commentate on the industry. But it’s true, and we all have to deal with it – or we won’t survive in business. As your partner for all things to do with Part L, planning and sustainability in construction, we appreciate and understand the continuing challenges and growing complexities of bringing projects in on-time, on budget and in compliance with the Code for Sustainable Homes – as increasingly demanded by UK local authorities. As with all aspects of the Building Regulations, achieving Code can either be viewed as another hassle or an exciting opportunity to enhance your end product and differentiate your offer. Try a little optimism and think of it as a way to add value, increase achievable selling prices or sell more at current prices. Doesn’t that sound better? Our promise to you is that we’ll make achieving Code for Sustainable Homes as simple and straightforward as possible for you. We’ll hit your deadlines, advise you on your options, offer practical solutions and help you achieve your CSH assessment. Along the way, we’ll save you time, money and headaches. This is, after all, what we do. Take a look through the following pages. It won’t take you ages and we’re sure you’ll learn something useful. From CSH around the UK to a typical assessment timeline, a breakdown of code categories and top tips for achieving Code, this is the handy introduction to achieving CSH. Next, please call the team for a chat about your projects. You’ll be amazed how we can help: with fast, competitively priced assessments, great advice, special offers and valuable training including our ever-popular CSH seminars. As with everything we do, we’ll cut through the red tape of CSH. We do the hard work and thinking while you get on with doing what you do best – managing your build project. As always, you can count on the Energist team to be proactive and very easy to work with as we save you time and money and spare you from worry on the way to that essential



New to CSH? CSH is a credit-based assessment of a new dwelling, which measures its performance in nine different areas of sustainability. The only certainty is change! And the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH, or ‘Code’) has changed again. With 2010’s changes, sites registered under Part L 2006 had to be assessed under the May 2009 version of CSH, while sites registered under Part L 2010 come under the November 2010 version. The 9 CSH categories are weighted as follows:

The 2010 Code rewards you for putting more insulation in buildings, whilst credits in Ene1 will be costlier to achieve. And you’ve probably heard about the changes to the Surface Water Run-off, Lifetime Homes and Energy categories. But how will they impact your CSH assessments? Don’t worry. One call to us and you’ll be smiling all the way to those vital Code ratings!


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Worried about the CSH regulations? Just when you thought you had the CSH basics sussed, the 2010 update brought loads of changes…

Here, translated from ‘government speak’ into Energist’s easy-to-understand language, are the highlights from the latest version of Code. If you really must read the original, check out Summary of changes to the Code for Sustainable Homes technical guidance: November 2010.

Aligning Code with zero-CO2 policy Code Level 4 remains a 44 per cent improvement over Part L 2006 (and 25 per cent over Part L 2010). The Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard has been adopted. It replaces the former Heat Loss Parameter in Ene 2. Credits move from Ene 1 to Ene 2 to incentivise a ‘fabric first’ approach. Fractions of credits are now allowed in Ene 1 and 2. If this proves successful, watch out for the same in other areas. Credits for internal lighting have gone; they’re replaced by a new Energy Display Devices category. Ene 7 now requires certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme or assurance under Quality Assurance for Combined Heat and Power (CHPQA), instead of requiring a feasibility study.


Streamlining the Code The introduction of Lifetime Homes as a mandatory requirement at Code Level 4 and 5 has been postponed. There’s a new exemption from the external Lifetime Homes requirements on steeply sloping sites. Site Waste Management Plans are no longer mandatory. They’re replaced with voluntary credits for minimising or diverting waste from landfill. As if that’s not enough to get your head around, other proposed changes weren’t included in the 2010 update! If ever you needed Energist, it’s now – and into the future.

How CSH differs around the UK In England, all new housing funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is required to meet CSH Level 3. More and more local authorities also require CSH standards to be met as a condition of planning approval. In Wales, all new housing promoted or supported by The Assembly Government or their sponsored bodies is required to meet CSH Level 3. In Northern Ireland, all new self-contained social housing must meet CSH Level 3.


A typical CSH timeline

What to expect from your Energist CSH team

The length of your CSH assessment will depend on how quickly you can give us the evidence we need. Please get the evidence to us as soon as possible. Once we have it, we’ll confirm turnaround times – we often get certificates back to clients within two weeks. Impressive, huh!

The Energist Sustainable Homes Solution...what to expect


Your quotation is issued by your Projects and Pricing Team contact

Your Assessor produces your Pre Assessment report

Your Code Assessor is introduced and sends you a list of the evidence we require for the Assessment

Design Stage Meeting we talk you through the Code requirements and agree outline timings

If you’re happy with our Quotation, you fax or email us your quote approval

We’ll help you out with any issues you are unsure of

Your Assessor submits your Design Stage Reports to the regulator

We issue you with your Design Stage certificates

We agree your requirements for the Post Construction Review with you

We issue you with your Post Construction Stage certificates

Your Assessor submits your Post Construction Stage Reports to the regulator

We carry out a Post Construction Survey on site

You send us your evidence!

Code categories November 2010 Energy - Ene 1: Dwelling Emission Rate Ene 1 measures the performance of the building through its annual carbon emissions using the SAP calculation. For each dwelling the SAP calculates a Target Emission Rate (kg CO2/m2/year). SAP then works out the properties Dwelling Emission Rate (DER), the actual CO2emissions emitted as a result of energy used for space heating, hot water, ventilation and lighting. In order to be compliant with Part L 2010 and the mandatory Ene 1 requirement for CSH Level 1, 2 and 3 the DER must be lower than the TER. Credits are then awarded under the Code for any percentage improvement the DER has over the TER. Improvement over 2010 TER 0% 8% 16% 25% 36% 47% 59% 72% 85% 100% Net Zero CO2 emissions

Credits Awarded 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Mandatory Requirement Levels 1, 2 & 3

Level 4

Level 5 Level 6

All homes built in Wales under the Code are required to achieve an 8% reduction over the TER. At CSH Level 6 you are currently required to offset not only carbon emissions from space heating, hot water, ventilation and lighting but also from appliances. This will result in a negative DER. The definition of Zero Carbon is currently being re-written and it is expected that a Zero Carbon Home will only have to account for energy consumption from space heating, hot water, ventilation and lighting NOT from appliances. However, it is likely this definition will not come into practice until the CSH is revised in 2013 in accordance with Part L revisions.


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Energy - Ene 2: Fabric Energy Efficiency Orientation matters! Fabric energy efficiency (FEE) measures the heat demand of a property in kWh/m2/year. Heat loss, ventilation, internal and solar gains are all taken into account. As you’d expect, the dwelling’s orientation makes a big difference. Because this is determined at the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) stage, the design is important if you want maximum credits (nine are available). NOTE: The FEE Standard is the fabric-performance benchmark for Level 6 Zero Carbon homes. Dwelling Type Apartment blocks, End Terrace, SemiMid-terrace detached and Detached 48


Credits Available

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39 35 32

46 42 38

7 8 9

Levels 5 & 6

Energy - Ene 3: Energy Display Devices To achieve credits under Ene 3, all monitors must be correctly specified. To be correctly specified, energy display devices must be one or more self-charging sensors fixed to the incoming mains supply. They must be able to measure and transmit energy consumption data to a visual display unit (VDU). The VDU must be capable of monitoring and showing the following: Local time. Current mains energy consumption (kW and kWh). Current emissions in grams or kilograms of CO2 Current tariff. Current cost (for pre-pay customers cost should be displayed on a monthly basis). Accurate account balance information. Non-numeric visual presentation of data. Historical consumption data.


Criteria Correctly specified device that displays electricity or primary heating fuel consumption Correctly specified device that can display electricity and primary heating fuel consumption

Credits Awarded 1 2

Energy - Ene 4: Drying Space This is a very easy credit to achieve – but make sure that any internal drying equipment is fixed and adequate ventilation provided. Criteria Posts and fixings provided as follows 1–2 bed dwellings At least 4 m of drying line 3+ bed dwellings At least 6 m of drying line

Credits Awarded 1

Energy - Ene 5: Energy Efficient White Goods Here’s another easy credit if you’re just providing the familiar EU energy label that rates the energy efficiency of product(s) from A to G. NOTE: there are A+ and A++ ratings for refrigerated appliances too. Criteria Providing information on the EU Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme. Where the developer offers white goods for sale with the property as a sales extra, these must also be CSH compliant.

Credits Awarded 1

When providing the following white goods as standard:


A+ rated fridge, freezer or fridge-freezer And A-rated washing machine and dishwasher And B-rated washer dryers where supplied


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Energy - Ene 6: External Lighting These are easy credits too. All external space lighting and security lighting must be designed to be energy efficient. Criteria Where all external space lighting is dedicated low-energy

Credits Awarded 1

Where all security lighting fittings are specified as follows:


Burglar security lighting: less than 150W, PIR sensors and daylight cut-off sensors. Other security lighting: dedicated energy-efficient fittings fitted with daylight cut-off sensors or timers.

Energy - Ene 7: Low/Zero Carbon Technology A feasibility study is no longer required, but technologies must be installed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme or CHPQA. This makes the two available credits more achievable where renewable technology is used. Criteria The carbon emissions of the dwelling are reduced by 10% through the use of Low/Zero Carbon (LZC) technology. The carbon emissions of the dwelling are reduced by 15% through the use of Low/Zero Carbon (LZC) technology.

Credits Awarded 1 2

Energy- Ene 8: Cycle Storage Make it easy for residents to get on their bikes! Under Ene 8, cycle storage is provided in a garage/shed, a communal cycle store or inside the building. The amount of storage required for a given size of property is specified in the Ene 8 criteria. In all cases, storage must be easily and directly accessible. Where the design includes a communal store, stands and secure anchor points must be provided for each cycle space.


Criteria Studios or 1-bed dwellings: storage for 1 cycle per 2 dwellings 2 and 3-bed dwellings: storage for 1 cycle per dwelling 4-bed +: storage for 4 cycles per dwelling

Credits Awarded 1

Studios or 1-bed dwellings: storage for 1 cycle per dwelling 2 and 3-bed dwellings: storage for 2 cycles per dwelling 4-bed +: storage for 4 cycles per dwelling


Energy - Ene 9: Home Office We already know that working from home can be a great way to help the environment and this is another easy way to pick up a credit. The Ene 9 criteria are as shown, where sufficient space and services are provided to allow the use of a room as a home office. In all cases, the office’s location must be shown on the dwelling’s drawings. Beware the Daylight Factor*! *The daylight factor is a measure of interior light. It’s the ratio of how much light strikes a given point in an interior to the amount of light striking an exterior point at the same moment under identical conditions.

Criteria Where sufficient space and services are provided to allow the use of a room as a home office, being:

Credits Awarded 1

1.8 m of wall space 2 plug sockets 1 telephone point (if broadband available) Openable window or adequate ventilation Daylight Factor* of 1.5%


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Water - Wat 1: Internal Water Use With five credits available, this category is concerned with the water consumption (in litres per person per day) for a dwelling. The requirements for Levels 1 to 6 are all mandatory. To achieve Level 3, the dwelling’s water consumption mustn’t exceed 105 litres per person per day. This can be achieved with low-flow taps, showers, low-capacity baths, and water-efficient dishwashers and washing machines. NOTE: rainwater harvesting is likely to be required to achieve Levels 5 or 6. Water Consumption (litres per person per day) 120 110 105 90 80

Credits Awarded

Mandatory Requirement

1 2 3 4 5

Level 1 & 2

Water - Wat 2: External Water Use No ifs here, it’s got to be a butt! This category covers providing a Code-compliant water butt connected to a rainwater downpipe. The water capture and storage system enables rainwater to be reused in a garden, patio or communal garden space. NOTE: you must show the water butt’s location on the drawings.

Criteria Provision of a system to store rainwater for reuse in a garden, patio or communal garden space.


Credits Awarded 1

Level 3 & 4 Level 5 & 6

Materials - Mat 1: Environmental Impact of Materials Award of credits under Mat 1 will depend on which Green Guide rating the project achieves, or the use of the Mat 1 calculator to assess the environmental impact of elements. The Green Guide to Specification is used to determine the credits achieved: Green Guide spec. A+ A B C D E

Credits available 3 2 1 0.5 0.25 0

Materials - Mat 2: Responsible Sourcing of Materials (Basic Building Elements) When complying with Mat 2, it’s important to collect evidence for the Design Stage and Post-construction assessments. To make things easier, the supplier should be told about this requirement at the start of development. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification can be provided for timber and timber products. The architect or contractor is responsible for sourcing this.

Criteria Where the Mat 2 calculator is used to assess the responsible sourcing of materials for basic building elements

Credits Awarded 1–6

Materials - Mat 3: Responsible Sourcing of Materials (Finishing Elements) This is the equivalent of Mat 2, but for the finishing elements of a dwelling’s construction. Criteria Where the Mat 2 calculator is used to assess the responsible sourcing of materials for finishing elements

Credits Awarded 1–3


A quick reference guide to Code Category Energy

Ene 1 Ene 2 Ene 3 Ene 4

Water Materials

Surface Run off


Pollution Health and Wellbeing



Number of credits awarded May 2009 November 2010 Technical Guidance Technical Guidance 15 2 2 1

10 9 2 1

Ene 5 Ene 6

2 2

2 2

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Ene 9



Wat 1



Wat 2



Mat 1



Mat 2



Mat 3 Sur 1

3 2

3 2

Sur 2



Was 1 Was 2

4 2

4 3

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Pol 1 Pol 2 Hea 1 Hea 2 Hea 3 Hea 4

3 1 3 4 1 4

3 1 3 4 1 4

Man 1 Man 2 Man 3 Man 4 Eco 1 Eco 2 Eco 3 Eco 4 Eco 5

3 2 2 2 1 1 1 4 2

3 2 2 2 1 1 1 4 2

These credits can be cost effective and you should look to pick up as many of these It is important to be more aware of these credits as they may not be achievable on


for Sustainable Homes Credits Key changes Ene 1 Ene 2 Ene 3 Ene 4 Ene 5

Credits aligned with Part L 2010 TER. Part credits awarded New category: Fabric Energy Efficiency. More credits available for reduction of heat demand New category: Energy Display Devices Requirement of 30 l/s for intermittent extract to internal drying space, and 13 l/s for continuous extract Any white goods offered as a sales extra must also be compliant with the Code criteria

Ene 6 Ene 7

No requirement for a feasibility study. Installers must be MCS accredited

Ene 8 Ene 9 Wat 1 Wat 2 Mat 1 Mat 2

Mat 3 Sur 1 Sur 2 Was 1 Was 2 Was 3

Hea 1 Hea 2 Hea 3 Hea 4 Man 1 Man 2 Man 3 Man 4 Eco 1 Eco 2 Eco 3 Eco 4 Eco 5

Definition of a suitably qualified engineer provided. Requirement to ensure dwellings will not flood in the event of a total drainage failure. The additional volume of run off for the 100 year event of 6 hour duration must be first reduced using infiltration and other SUDs techniques. The definition of sources of flooding has been expanded. Disabled access requirements amended in the form of Checklist IDP Mandatory requirement for a SWMP removed. 3 credits now available, however the weighting is reduced. Requirement for a 7 litre internal compost bin to achieve the credit. Access requirements to be in accordance with Checklist IDP

Access requirements to be in accordance with Checklist IDP Exemption introduced for criteria 2 and 3, where the gradient of the site exceeds 1:15. 3 credits awarded in this instance. Requirement to achieve 4 in every section, with a total score of 32 or more to achieve 2 credits.

as possible in each category. every site and could require design alterations or extra resources to achieve them.


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Surface Water Run-off - Sur 1: Management of Surface Water Run-off Water, water everywhere… The requirements for Sur 1 are mandatory and cover 1-year and 100-year events and additional run-off caused by the development. Where the site’s man-made impermeable area isn’t increased by the development, two main criteria are met by default. You must also provide evidence that the dwelling won’t flood during a total drainage system failure. TIP: complying with these elements can be costly; that’s why we recommend completing these calculations as early as possible in the design process.

Criteria – The Mandatory Requirements Ensure that the peak rate of run-off for the 1-year and 100-year events is not increased by the development Ensure that the additional volume of run-off caused by the development is entirely reduced using infiltration or other Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) techniques Where the man-made impermeable area of the site is not increased by the development, these two criteria are met by default. In addition, evidence must be provided to show that the dwelling will not flood in the event of a total drainage system failure.

Credits Awarded 0 0


Two tradable credits are also on offer for (a) ensuring no discharge into a watercourse for rainfall up to 5 mm and (b) minimising the risk of pollution through appropriate treatment of hard-surface run-off. TIP: award of these credits depends on site ground-conditions and the developer’s drainage strategy. Never assume you’ll get these unless the developer’s drainage engineer has confirmed that they are achievable. NOTE: Water butts are not an allowable means of reducing run off. Criteria – The Tradable Credits Ensure there is no discharge in watercourses for rainfall up to 5 mm. To minimise the risk of pollution, ensure that all run-off from hard surfaces receives an appropriate level of treatment in accordance with the SUDS manual.


Credits Awarded 1 1

Surface Water Run-off - Sur 2: Flood Risk Credits are available for flood risk, depending on whether your development is in flood risk zone 1, 2 or 3a. Your Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) must be in accordance with PPS25 and consider all sources of flooding: fluvial; tidal; groundwater; surface water; infrastructure failure; and sewers. TIP: on smaller sites, and provided that all of the aforementioned flood sources are considered, your drainage engineer may complete the FRA. Criteria Where the development falls into Zone 1 Where the development falls into Zone 2 and 3a and appropriate measures are in place (all entrances and car parks are at least 600 mm above the design flood level)

Credits Awarded 2 1

Waste - Was 1: Storage of Household Waste Under Was 1, there’s a mandatory requirement to provide enough space for waste storage (and it must be accessible to disabled people). In addition, up to four credits are available. NOTE: Internal recycling bins must be fixed to a unit – not freestanding. T  IP: ensure that mandatory disabled access requirements can be met (that all-important 15 mm threshold can sometimes be hard to achieve!). T  IP: still in doubt? You can always consult the Inclusive Design Principles (IDP) checklist (or call us!) Criteria MANDATORY: Provide sufficient space for waste storage, accessible to disabled people Where a local Authority Recycling scheme does not exist, but sufficient internal storage for recyclable waste is provided Where a Local Authority Recycling scheme collects waste, sufficient internal storage is provided

Credits Awarded 2 4


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Waste - Was 2: Construction Site Waste Management Where there’s muck (away) there are credits to be had! Up to three are available, depending on whether Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) will monitor site waste and set targets to promote resource efficiency, and/or whether non-hazardous waste is diverted from landfill. NOTE: be warned: soils and muck away must also be diverted from landfill. Achieving three credits with an 85 per cent reduction in landfill can be very difficult. Criteria Where SWMP will monitor site waste and set targets to promote resource efficiency, with procedures and commitments for reducing waste in accordance with best practice. Diverting 50% of non-hazardous waste from landfill Diverting 85% of non-hazardous waste from landfill

Credits Awarded 1

2 3

Waste - Was 3: Composting So to the gift of composting. Was 3 is an easily achievable credit if home composting facilities are provided or there’s a local authority kitchen waste collection scheme. The fact that disabled access requirements will be met under Was 1 helps make this a very cost-effective credit. NOTE: collection of garden waste is not sufficient on its own. Criteria Providing individual home composting facilities OR A local authority kitchen waste collection scheme is available

Credits Awarded 1

Pollution - Pol 1: Global Warming Potential of Insulants To achieve the single Pol 1 credit, all insulation materials used in the dwelling must fall within a specified Global Warming Potential (GWP) limit. TIP: most insulation materials achieve this credit (e.g. the GWP of mineral wool is 0; for foam board the GWP is less than 5).

Criteria All insulation materials have a GWP lower thin 5


Credits Awarded 1

Pollution - Pol 2: NOX Emissions of Space and Hot Water Heating Systems Depending on the level of dry NOX emissions, one, two or three credits are available. Most condensing gas boilers will achieve three credits, but no heating system fuelled by electricity will achieve any. Are you surprised? TIP: NOX emissions from the UK national grid are assumed to be 1200 mg/kWh. Credits cannot be awarded if your heating system uses electricity. Criteria Dry NO2 Emissions Less than: 100 mg/kWh 70 mg/kWh 40 mg/kWh

Credits Awarded 1 2 3

Health and Well-being - Hea 1: Daylighting Let the light shine in for up to three credits - one for each of kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and studies, and direct sunlight on working planes. T  IP: don’t miss out. To achieve as many as possible, get your daylight calcs completed early, preferably while window sizes can still be altered.

Criteria Kitchens must have a Daylight Factor* of 2% or more. Living rooms, dining rooms and studies must have a Daylight Factor* of 1.5% or more. 80% of the working plane in each kitchen, living room, dining room and study must receive direct daylight from the sky.

Credits Awarded 1 1 1

*The Daylight Factor is a measure of interior light. It’s the ratio of how much light strikes a given point in an interior to the amount of light striking an exterior point at the same moment under identical conditions.


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Health and Well-being - Hea 2: Sound Insulation Listen up for advice on getting four easily gained ‘must not miss’ credits under Hea 2. These will depend on the dB improvements your development achieves over and above the building regulations’ requirements.

TIP: Measure the standard through the use of Robust Details (RD) or a normal acoustic testing programme as described in Part E. But, be aware that there are other issues under Part L 2010 where party walls are involved (if in doubt, please ask us for advice). NOTE: CSH only takes sound transmission between dwellings into account – not sound transmission within a dwelling. Criteria 3dB improvement over Building regulations 5dB improvement over Building regulations 8dB improvement over Building regulations Detached dwelling Where separating floors only occur between non-habitable rooms

Credits Awarded 1 3 4 4 3

Health and Well-being - Hea 3: Private Space Let’s explore space. It’s worth it when a credit is up for grabs for providing a private outdoor space. TIP: achieving your Hea 3 credit requires completion of an Inclusive Design Principles (IDP) checklist to show provision of inclusive access and usability. Criteria Provision of outdoor space that meets a minimum size requirement, allows access to disabled people and is accessible only to occupants of the designated dwellings.


Credits Awarded 1

Health and Well-being - Hea 4: Lifetime Homes A home isn’t just for today – it may be for life. When you comply with all the principles of Lifetime Homes (applicable to the dwellings) you can bring home up to four valuable credits.

Criteria Where all the principles of Lifetime Homes, as applicable to the dwellings, have been complied with

Credits Awarded 4

Exemptions are provided for Criteria 2 and 3 of Lifetime Homes for plots where the topography gradient exceeds 1:15. Under Criterion 2, the distance from the car parking space to the home should be minimised and should be level or gently sloping. Under Criterion 3, the approach to all entrances should be level or gently sloping. Where this exemption is used, only three credits can be awarded.

TIP: Achievement of these credits is integral to the design and can be difficult to achieve in certain situations (e.g. smaller mid-terraced dwellings). TIP: Housing association agreements sometimes require Lifetime Homes. If so, you’ll benefit from these heavily weighted credits which offer potential to reduce costs elsewhere.


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Management - Man 1: Home User Guide Man 1 holds the potential for up to three easily achievable, heavily weighted credits – all you have to do is provide a Home User Guide for operation of the dwelling, and information about the site and its surroundings. For two credits you’ll need to provide a Home User Guide covering information in Checklist Man 1, Part 1, relating to the dwelling’s operation. Adding information about the site and surroundings, (in accordance with Checklist Man 1, Part 2) will get you a valuable additional credit. T  IP: you can provide this information on the Internet or on CD. If the latter, you’ll need to send a copy of the Contents page, and a letter explaining the importance of the Home User Guide, to the dwelling’s occupier. Criteria Providing a Home User Guide that covers information in Checklist Man 1, Part 1, relating to the operation of the dwelling Additionally, providing information relating to the site and surroundings in accordance with Checklist Man 1, Part 2

Credits Awarded 2 3

Management - Man 2: Considerate Constructors Scheme Are you a considerate contractor? There’s every reason to be with up to two credits available under Man 2.

TIP: Make sure you register with CCS before you start on site!

Criteria Meet best practice under CCS (score between 24 and 31.5) Exceed best practice under CCS (score 32 or more with 4 in every category)


Credits Awarded 1 2

Management - Man 3: Construction Site Impacts One or two credits are available here, depending on how many of six site-impact items you cover with procedures. The procedures monitor, report and set targets for energy consumption, water consumption or site transport. They also cover adoption of best practice policy in respect of air or water pollution and make sure that 80 per cent of site timber is reclaimed, reused or sourced responsibly.

TIP: achieving these credits needs constant on-site monitoring. Providing you have the resources to meet their criteria, they can be cost-effective. TIP: Avoid gathering information on site-related transport. It involves too much paperwork! Criteria There are procedures covering 2 of the 6 items There are procedures covering 4 of the 6 items

Credits Awarded 1 2

Management - Man 4: Security Design-in two more credits when you consider security – it would be a crime not to! Often required as a separate planning condition, or by a housing association, this may not be an extra CSH cost either. NOTE: credits are achieved for complying with Section 2: Physical Security of Secured by Design (not Section 1). TIP: Police and government cutbacks can make it hard to get architectural liaison officers (ALOs) or crime prevention design advisors (CPDAs) out, so address Man 4 early in your project.


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Ecology – Eco 1: Ecological Value of the Site Under Eco 1, you can bag a credit where your development site is confirmed as land of low ecological value. This can be awarded through the following: A completed Eco 1 checklist Confirmation by a Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) Confirmation by your SQE that the construction zone (CZ) is of low value and features outside the CZ will remain undisturbed. NOTE: the construction zone is not the whole site, but the area, immediately around the building footprint, which is disturbed by construction. TIP: while you don’t need an ecologist for Eco 1, it may be worth appointing one to get points in the other Eco categories.

Criteria Where the development site is confirmed as land of low ecological value

Credits Awarded 1

Ecology – Eco 2: Ecological Enhancement Hug a tree! Under Eco 2, another credit is available where you appoint a Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) to recommend ecological improvements –and you adopt a specified percentage of their recommendations.

Criteria Where an SQE has been appointed to recommend ecological improvements to the site and the developer adopts all Key Recommendations and 30% of Additional Recommendations


Credits Awarded 1

Ecology - Eco 3: Protection of Ecological Features Are all your development site’s existing features of ecological value protected during development? If so, there’s another ‘green’ credit to be had. (You’ll get it by default if the site isn’t deemed to have any features of ecological value under Eco 1!) NOTE: most greenfield sites have a feature of ecological value (e.g. a hedge at least 1m high, or a tree with a trunk diameter of at least 10 cm). Criteria Where all existing features of ecological value are protected during development

Credits Awarded 1

Ecology – Eco 4: Change in Ecological Value Harness ‘flower power’ for more credits. Up to four depending on the change in your site’s ecological value (change in species per hectare). NOTE: ‘species’ only means plants (flora), not animals (fauna). TIP: to determine your species baseline, call your ecologist in before starting work on site.

Criteria The ecological value of the site is measured before and after development and the overall change in species per hectare is one of the following: Between -9 and less than or equal to -3 Greater than -3 and less than or equal to +3 Greater than 3 and less than or equal to 9 Greater than 9

Credits Awarded

1 2 3 4


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Ecology – Eco 5: Building Footprint It’s all in the ratios! Up to two credits are awarded based on the ratio between Net Internal Floor Area (NIFA) and Net Internal Ground Floor Area (NIGFA). TIP: this requires a precise calculation. We’ll determine whether this can be awarded and provide evidence (based on your detailed plans) at no charge. This is also a site wide calculation, so individual plots will all achieve the same score.

Criteria For houses, where the ratio of NIFA to NIGFA is greater than or equal to 2.5:1 For flats, a ratio of 3:1 or more For houses, a ratio of 3:1 or more For flats, a ratio of 4:1 or more


Credits Awarded 1 1 2 2

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Because we’re so close to CSH, we know the tips and tricks that can help you get the most credits as cost-effectively as possible. Here’s our current Top Tips: 6 E  nsure drainage designs and calculations are done for Sur 1’s mandatory requirements 2 Energy display devices are costly, as early as possible in the but a relatively easy way to achieve project. heavily weighted credits. 1

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3 S ource suppliers of energyefficient white goods. 4  If you’re using renewable energy technology, make sure installers are accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). 5 S ee if your suppliers can provide Chain of Custody certificates to help you get Mat 2 and Mat 3 credits.

7 Ensure your Site Waste Management Plan is in place before beginning site work. 8 Meter and monitor site energy and water consumption. 9 Appoint a Suitably Qualified Ecologist before starting work on site. 10 Register with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) before you begin work on site.

For more about our top CSH tips, watch our video on YouTube. And if you still have concerns or queries about CSH? Tip 11 is that the UK’s friendliest CSH specialist is just a call away on 08458 386 387. From solar gain to considerate contracting, our Code team has all the accreditation and experience needed to make your CSH project as simple and painless as possible. It is what we do best!


What to do next…

With Energist as your partner, complying with Code for Sustainable Homes really can be fast, easy and pain-free. Contact our Projects & Pricing Team on 08458 386 387 or email info@ for FREE advice, practical solutions and a competitive quote. Come to one of our CSH seminars How about attending one of our regular CSH seminars too? You give us a morning of your time and a nominal admin fee. In return, we give you the benefit of our knowledge and experience with CSH. And depending on whether it’s a morning or afternoon seminar, we’ll lay on a delicious light breakfast or similar refreshments too. And of course, parking is free and plentiful at our easy-to-reach offices in the Cotswolds. Alternatively, please ask about having an in-house seminar at your offices. With Energist, anything’s possible. Just tell us what we can do to help make CSH easier for you. Call 08458 386 387 or email for details of forthcoming seminars.

Successful Energy Assessments We know that dealing with building legislation can be complicated, time consuming and frustrating. It’s our job to do the thinking for you and we have the people, skills and commitment to give you what you need. With our ‘building success’ promise you can trust our advice to contribute to the success of your project – and your business. Everything we do has the success of your project as our focus. Our service is nationwide and we specialise in ‘Part L’ Building Regulations and energy assessments, including SAP, Air Leakage Testing, Code for Sustainable Homes, SBEM and BREEAM calculations, PassivHaus, Ecohomes, Energy Statements, Acoustic Testing, Thermographic Services, Part G Water Calculations and Display Energy Certificates. For FREE ADVICE, award-winning customer service, and maybe even a few better night’s sleep, please contact us now:

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What you say about working with us Energist UK was formed in 2006 to provide national coverage to meet government legislation (introduced through local councils and housing associations) to provide sustainable homes for the future. Since then, we’ve been the construction industry’s trusted, proactive partner. From CSH to PassivHaus, we’re sure you’ll love how we demystify legislation and provide the specialist knowledge and advice you need – and the industry’s fastest report turnarounds. Here’s some recent client feedback:

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