The Code for Sustainable Homes (the Code) was introduced in England in April 2007 as a voluntary national standard to
improve the overall sustainability of new homes by setting a single framework within which the home building industry can design and construct homes to higher environmental standards.
The Code measures the sustainability of a home against nine design categories, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package.The case studies cover a range of social and private housing, using a variety of different build systems or materials, and achieving a range of Code standards. The research has helped further develop and improve the operation of the Code. The case studies also include key learning points that should help those who decide to build to Code standards.