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Code for Sustainable Homes


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#1 malerin

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 09:38 PM

Hi , looks like no one has posted here for a while/ Anyone involved in self build in Wales and had experience of Code assessments?

#2 DannyBoy

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:48 PM

Yeah I'm currently building down in Pembrokeshire to Code level 3. I paid alot of money for someone to give me silly and unreasonable suggestions on how to meet the code level 3 requirement, be given templated letters for me to do all the hard work and be given a certificate that allowed me to finally start building after 12 months of confusion.

#3 jsharris

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:12 PM

Worth bearing in mind that CfSH level 3 is a pretty grim standard of performance to aim for, and one that is still substantially worse than the standard that most decent new homes in the rest of Europe are built to. My personal view is that the absolute minimum performance standard for the UK is the energy efficiency level needed for CfSH level 5, and ideally we should be looking for much better than that.

The Passivhaus standard has been around for decades in Germany, and is far, far more demanding in terms of airtightness and insulation than CfSH level 3. It doesn't really cost any more to build to this standard, either, which the really galling thing. The expense of meeting UK regulations is largely all the red tape, not the actual cost of building to a high thermal and airtightness standard.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:06 AM

CfSH is in my recent knowledge pretty much what you have acheive to meet current building regs anyway. i wouldnt bother if i were you unless you want to go for code 4 or higher. its also not madatory whereas building regs are.