national technical standards replaces code for sustainable homes

National Technical Standards replacing Code for Sustainable Homes

Government to withdraw Code for Sustainable Homes for National Technical Standards

Back on the 20th January 2015, Wiltshire Council adopted the Wiltshire Core Strategy and as such Core Policy 41 requires all new homes to incorporate design measures to reduce energy demands and at a minimum, meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

However in March 2015 the Government decided to withdraw the Code for Sustainable Homes however if any Council have adopted this policy as part of their Core Strategy, then elements of the code still apply set at the equivalent of a code level 4.

As there is little information available, the old scoring system from the old Code for Sustainable Homes is still applied as outlined below. All developments will be well insulated and designed to take advantage of natural light and heat from the sun and the use of natural air movement for ventilation, whilst maintaining cool in the summer.

The Government introduced the new National Technical Standards to be replacing the Code for Sustainable Homes which will be incorporated into the current set of building regulations with the addition of new standards being introduced. The government has taken these steps with a view to streamlining the planning system, delivering more homes, expansion of households and local businesses whilst protecting the environment. The approved documents should be available Summer 2015.

Energy and Co2 Emissions

Dwelling emission rate
Fabric energy efficiency
Renewable technologies
Energy labelled white goods
Drying space
Cycle storage
Home office
Energy display devices

Surface Water Run-off

Flood risk
Management of surface water run-off from developments

Health and Wellbeing

Sound insulation
Private space
Lifetime Homes


Storage of non-recyclable waste and household waste
Construction site waste management


Home user guide
Construction site impacts
Considerate constructors scheme


Internal portable use
External water use


Environmental impact of materials
Responsible sourcing of materials – finished elements
Responsible sourcing of materials – basic building elements


Global warming potential for insulants
Nox emissions


Ecological value of site
Protection of ecological features
Building footprint
Ecological enhancement
Change in ecological value of site