Delivering on the Code for Sustainable Homes

Winchester City Council have boldly gone where no other council has yet to go. The councillors have introduced a new policy requiring all new housing in the district to achieve Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for energy and water. This is a 100% improvement on Part L 2006, a bold move indeed when Building Regulations only requires Level 3 to be achieved by private sector housing. This has required us to get ahead of the rest of the country so this month we attended a training course on the Code, delivered by the Green Register. This has given us the opportunity to refine our understanding of the design and technical requirements of the Code and with two Level 4 houses currently under construction, we are ready for the challenge.