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Scrapping of Code for Sustainable Homes

The government has confirmed it will scrap the Code for Sustainable Homes and incorporate rules on energy efficiency into the Building Regulations. It is understood the draft regulations and technical standards will be published in the summer, with the regulations and supporting documents coming into force later this year.

The change was, the result of a year-long Housing Standards Review and part of the Government’s initiative to cut red tape.

This will ensure all required standards are kept as part of formal Building Regulations; the raft of additional requirements that have affected housebuilders in recent years, such as but not limited to the Code, will be merged.

The result is that self builders will have just one contact, with their Building Control office, to ensure they are meeting all required standards.