Code for Sustainable Homes & Home Quality Mark
Whitecode are approved Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) assessors. This became operational in England in April 2007 and a CSH rating for new-build homes became mandatory from 1 May 2008. From September 2015 CSH will no longer be required and removed from planning policies. It will be replaced by additional Approved Documents of the Building Regulations.
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) have introduced a new standard known as the Home Quality Mark (HQM). This is an optional standard and allows developers to differentiate their developments by achieving a star rating out of 5. The HQM will enable housing developers to showcase the quality of their new homes, and identify them as having the added benefits of being likely to need less maintenance, cheaper to run, better located and more able to cope with the demands of a changing climate. This gives potential buyers of new homes the confidence that they are choosing a well built, cost-effective home that is designed and built to exceed expectations.
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