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Bristol - Code Assessments - 0117 212 0189
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Assessments - Bristol - A Code Assessments
The Government has made a commitment by 2050. To reduce carbon emissions in the UK, overall by 80% the improvement of new and existing dwellings in Bristol will contribute a key role in achieving this target. To hit these carbon reduction targets, both new and existing homes in Bristol must be more energy efficient. This is rated on new homes by having a Code Assessment. The implementation of the CODE is managed by BRE Global under contract to the Dept for Communities and Local Government under arrangements based on the EcoHomes operating systems.
A Code Assessments in and around Bristol is the assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new dwellings; in Wales it is known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme. Launched In England in December 2006, it became operational in April 2007 as the national standard for sustainable design and construction of new homes. Since the 1st of May 2008 the developer of any new home in Bristol a must have a mandatory rating against the Code
The Building Industry needs to perform in a more sustainable way in Bristol .The Government has introduced new national standards for the design and construction of new dwellings in Bristol . Code for Sustainable Homes (Code assessment) or the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is the means of measurement and assessment now required.
The Governments policy is that Code (C4SH) is now the national standard to be adhered to in the design and construction of sustainable dwellings, this will drive huge improvements in the way homes are built and the specific building practices being used.
The Code for sustainable homes assessment uses a six star rating system with an individual points total allocated to each star rating this communicates the overall sustainability performance of a new home. One is the lowest rating at entry level and six is the highest, deemed as zero carbon. The Code assessment for Bristol sets a minimum standard for the use of energy and water at each level. In England, Code replaces the EcoHomes scheme, previously developed by (BRE) the Building Research Establishment.
The Code level is derived from the total percentage points achieved and is represented on the certificate by an equivalent number of stars.
Level One: >36 Points, 1 Star = Entry level (above Building Regulations)
Level Six: >90 Points, 6 Stars = Zero Carbon (Highest level)
Code Level 3 is a Mandatory requirement for Social Housing. Some Local Authorities such as Harrogate in North Yorkshire are making Code Level 3 Mandatory as a planning requirement in there Local Plan for all new developments. Level 3 Code is similar to the Best Practice Standard for energy efficiency as defined by the Energy Savings Trust
A Code assessment at level 6 is based on zero carbon emissions for a dwelling and is an aspirational standard based on a dwelling achieving zero carbon emissions. A zero carbon home as defined in the Code for Sustainable Homes is a property where the net CO2 emissions resulting from ALL the energy use in the dwelling is zero or better.
In Wales, as of September 2009, for developments of 5 or more, new properties are required to meet Level 3 Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment. From 2010 all single dwellings must achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes rating at Level 3 and from 2011 onwards all buildings built are to achieve a zero carbon rating or Level 6.
Northern Ireland has a requirement for Code level 3 from 2008.
Scotland currently has no time scale for the adoption of Code.
Code assessments in Bristol can only be carried out by a qualified and accredited Code Assessor. Assessments are generally a two-stage process: after Pre assessment, with the Design Stage, which leads to an interim certificate. This is followed by the Post Construction Stage, where the final certificate is issued. Evidence has to be collated and used to determine the rating via the number of credits that are awarded for each element. A summary report is submitted by the Code Assessor to the Code Service Provider for quality assurance and certification.
All proposed sites, dwellings and developments requiring an assessment should be registered with the Code Assessors accreditation body as early as possible. A proposed development can only be registered against the current version of the Code. Sites which have been registered in Bristol against a previous version can be re-registered under the current version of the Technical Guide. Each registration is valid only for a maximum of 5 years between the expiry of the Technical Guide version it was submitted against and the submission of the design stage report.
There is no time scale once a project assessment has started on the delivery of the Post Construction Stage report.
If you require free initial advice, consultancy services or a definitive quotation on a A Code Assessments assessment in Bristol call one of our Bristol consultants at our Bristol Office on 0117 212 0189 or Email email@example.com.
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