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Code for Sustainable Homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes was launched on 13 December 2006 and was withdrawn by the Government in March 2015 following the Housing Standards Review. The code continues to operate for "legacy developments" in England and in Wales and Northern Ireland.   

The code was voluntary and could only be enforced where local councils require compliance as per their planning policy and in affordable housing funded by the HCA (homes must be built to level 3).  The level 3 energy standard is now incorporated into the building regulations. For more information about the code please click here or go to the Planning Portal website.

If you have any further questions about the code please email