The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been urged by a committee of MPs to reconsider plans to axe the Code for Sustainable Homes, describing it as “a policy that has driven up home building standards and helped to create a thriving sustainable building industry in the UK.”
The chair of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee said: “The Secretary of State should think again before demolishing the Code for Sustainable Homes. The policy has been a big success in driving up home building standards, delivering local choice and supporting green exports. Building materials manufacturers in the UK told us that they use the code as a green kitemark when they sell their products abroad.”
The cross-party committee criticised the Department for its decision to remove local authorities’ discretion to set high standards on energy and water saving—using the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH)—in favour of a lowest-common-denominator national standard.