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Council Housing: Sustainable Development

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much on average it cost a local authority to build a unit of new social housing to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 standard at the latest period for which figures are available. (258960)

There are no requirements for new homes funded by Government to be built to code level 5, only level 3. Currently, the only costs analysis we have completed of building to the code are those in “Cost Analysis of the Code for Sustainable Homes” published in July 2008, written by Cyrill Sweett. The report is available to download at

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/codecostanalysis.

We are currently in the process of updating the cost analysis for the consultation on the code, in light of changes to Building Regulations in 2010.