The Code for Sustainable Homes
The Code for Sustainable Homes is a mandatory piece of government legislation used as an assessment of the rating for the environmental performance of new buildings in the UK.
OFP Timber Framed Homes can help you achieve nearly a third of the points needed to achieve your level of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The Code for Sustainable Homes is stepping up in its targets to achieve high uniform standards of environmentally responsible construction. Part L of the building regulations will change in October 2010 to reflect this. With this imminent change on the horizon, we at OFP Timber Framed Homes felt that it would be appropriate to look at the Code of Sustainable Homes and its impact on timber framed construction developments.
The Code for Sustainable Homes are ideally suited to timber frame construction methods. If carefully detailed by the architect, you project can achieve the maximum credits for the dwelling emission rates and building fabric details. OFP Timber Framed Homes can supply pre-insulated panels that create low U-values and can significantly reduce the heat loss parameter.
In addition to this, the source of the material is investigated as part of the Code for Sustainable Homes strict criteria. Those that purchase their wood responsibly, and have achieved PEFC and FSC certification can claim an additional 6 Credits. OFP are proud to say they are fully certified by both bodies and take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.
According to the UKTFA; “Timber Frame dwellings generally show a lower additional cost than a typical masonry dwelling to achieve compliance with the Heat Loss Parameter of 1.3, 1.1 and 0.8. The cost differential is in the order of 2.2% to 5.2%”. For example a detached single dwelling manufactured in timber frame saves approximately £3,000 on average, compared with a masonry dwelling, to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Timber frame construction helps you comply with legislation, it is intrinsically simpler on site than other modern construction methods, it is the cheapest method of construction that complies with the Code for Sustainable Homes and the long term environmental benefits will be felt by you and future generations.
OFP can achieve a possible 42 credits out of 104 available as part of the Code for Sustainable Homes– approximately 32% (when accounting for the weighting of points) of all credits available on the code. These are credits that, with a small amount of detailing in conjunction with an architect, go a long way to complying with the Code for Sustainable Homes with very little effort.