Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
Banding data for 2013 released by Welsh Government
Secondary school Banding data for 2013 has today been published by the Welsh Government.
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- Local authority environmental permitting fees and charges 2014-2015
- Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other aspects of Waste Regulation
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Code for Sustainable Homes
We have adopted the Code for Sustainable Homes to support our zero carbon aspirations. The code replaces the Ecohomes standard and applies to all new housing promoted or supported by us or our Sponsored Bodies.
The Code for Sustainable Home (CSH) is a recognised standard in the UK for key elements of design and construction which contribute to the effect a new home has on the environment. It has been adopted by the Welsh Government as the preferred tool to assess how sustainable development is being implemented in new homes in Wales.
The CSH scheme covers nine sustainable design principles. The nine principles covered are:
- Energy and carbon dioxide emissions;
- Surface water run-off;
- Health and well-being;
- Management; and
A home can achieve a rating from one to six stars, depending on how well it has achieved Code standards. One star is the entry level and six stars is the highest level – a zero carbon home. A zero carbon home is a home that achieves zero net emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from all energy use in the home over a 12 month period. There are mandatory standards contained within the Code (for energy, surface water run-off and water) and credits for each of the categories are weighted to give an overall score.
The Code provides valuable information to local authorities and home buyers. It also offers developers and builders a tool to set themselves apart in terms of sustainable development.
An updated version of the Code for Sustainable Homes Technical Guide was published by Communities and Local Government on 11 November 2010. See our Technical Guidance page on the left of this page.
Further information on the Code for Sustainable Homes can be found on the Info4Local website.
Visit: Info4Local (external link)
Code assessors and service providers
Code service providers are organisations that train and accredit Code assessors to carry out assessments on homes against the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Finding a Code assessor
If you are looking to hire the services of a licensed and accredited Code assessor, both organisations hold lists of Code assessors that have been trained, accredited and licensed by them to carry out Code assessments.
A list of Building Research Establishment (BRE) Global accredited Code assessors is available on the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) website.
A list of Stroma accredited Code assessors can be obtained by contacting Stroma.
Visit: Stroma (external link)
Energy Saving Trust
Published guidance documents on how to achieve the various standards for levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes is available on the Energy Saving Trust website.
Statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes
The latest official statistics on the Code for Sustainable Homes can be viewed using the related link on the right.
Code for Sustainable Homes: Pilot Project
We have published an interim report into the Code 4/5 Pilot Project which started in 2008. The report gives guidance to Registered Social Landlords still developing schemes. It also gives insight into issues for the house building industry that are building to higher sustainability standards.