Government plans to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes

Published:  27 August, 2013

Commenting on the government’s plan to remove the Code for Sustainable Homes, Paul Hicks, sustainability and design manager at VELUX, said: “It is very interesting to see that the government is planning to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes as part of its shake up to slash red tape for housing developers.

"But while many of the arguments behind this move appear sound, removing the code could diminish the progress achieved to date, particularly at a time when the whole zero carbon agenda is being scrutinised and criticised for not delivering on the government’s promise to build a greener Britain.”

Mr Hicks added: “It is however clear that removing unnecessary red tape is needed to help drive house building forward in order to satisfy demand, but by no means should this come at the cost of environmental sustainability and more importantly, the health and well-being of the occupants.

“While the government is clearly taking action to address the vast under supply of new homes, it must also ensure that it does not lose sight of its low carbon vision, for risk of undermining its green credentials even further,” he concluded.

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