Home User Guide (HUG)
You wouldn’t expect to get a new car without a user manual, so why should a house be any different? Give your development marketing a boost by offering a HUG with practical instructions on how to use the building services efficiently.
EcoHomes is a credit-based scheme for residential refurbishments and extensions. Although the scheme officially expired in 2014, it may still apply to older projects and Local Planning Authorities can still insist on you achieving an agreed level.
Is your Local Planning Authority (LPA) insisting on renewable technology targets? With different requirements set by each LPA, you may need to change your design for different authorities.
Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH)
Code for Sustainable Homes has been phased out throughout England and Wales, although councils can still ask developers to meet certain energy and water targets. Applications submitted before 26 March 2015 will need to see The Code through to the end.
New development land needs to be assessed for its ecological value. Although not currently a building regulation, it can be required as part of a planning application and is needed if you're building to a Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM standard.
Many planning departments now expect developers of large projects to complete a BREEAM assessment. This detailed assessment goes beyond the requirements of Building Regulations and ensures your building is designed and constructed to a high standard.
London Plan Energy Strategy
Are you developing in the London boroughs? There are stringent CO2 targets in place specific to London that reach far beyond current Building Regulation targets. It’s always worth checking with the LPA before submitting your planning application.
Noise and Vibration
Are you building near a train line or busy road? You may need to provide evidence at the planning stage to show you have taken the right steps to sound proof your building. Don't risk your end result and have an initial survey at pre-construction stage.
Home Quality Mark (HQM)
Demonstrate to potential buyers how well a dwelling performs and raise awareness of home quality with the voluntary Home Quality Mark scheme.