Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments

The Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment method is used to rate and certify the performance of newly built residential properties, primarily those for social housing.

Any developments built with direct Government funding or in conjunction with Housing Corporations and English Partnerships now MUST gain a code Level 3 rating. As well as this, many local authorities are insisting that new properties have to be built to specific Code Ratings for planning permission to be granted.

There are 9 sections:code-level-6-house-300x190

  1. Energy & CO² Emissions
  2. Water
  3. Materials
  4. Surface Water Run-off
  5. Waste
  6. Pollution
  7. Health & Well-being
  8. Management
  9. Ecology

Click on the different sections for a more in-depth look at the requirements (Help and Advice)

Depending on the Code for Sustainable Homes level required, a minimum amount of credits will be required from these 9 sections.

The Code for Sustainable Homes assessor will then provide guidance on how best achieve the credits and provide you with documentation telling you exactly what you as a builder, developer or architect need to do.

We can provide a consultation service on Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments where we help explain the process and give advice that takes into account the specific nature of your development.

Upon request we provide a simplified manual for the Code for sustainable Homes process which can be used as a quick reference booklet. Please contact

What do I have to provide?

We aim to make the Code for Sustainable Homes process as easy as possible and will help provide the information required for certain sections. However, some of the information needs to be provided by the developer.

Do I need to achieve CSH?

Any development within the UK could be asked to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes, especially those that are part Government funded or in conjunction with Housing Corporations. However, as the UK aims towards its zero-carbon housing target, building control will likely ask you for a Code for Sustainable Homes assessment at some point.

How do I check what level I need to achieve?

The simple answer is ring your local building control and ask.

For more information on the Code for Sustainable Homes process please do not hesitate to contact us of 01476 870 504 or contact