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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Community Support Officers at work »Action on the ground to provide reassurance and tackle anti-social behaviour.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
WIIP Pipeline »
The June 2013 pipeline includes key infrastructure investment data for both the Welsh Government and Local Government schemes.Learn more »
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.