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Communities and Local Government

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

Sustainable Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Level (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3, (d) 4, (e) 5 and (f) 6 sustainable homes have been built in each quarter since the Code for Sustainable Buildings was implemented; and how many homes at each level she expects to be built in each of the next three years.

[Official Report, 29 April 2009, Vol. 491, c. 1383W.]

Letter of correction from Iain Wright:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 29 April 2009.

The correct answer should have been. (265270)

The Code for Sustainable Homes (the Code) became operational in April 2007. We estimate that it takes on average 18 months to two years to go through the design, planning and building of any home. To achieve Code status in the most cost effective manner, homes need to be specifically designed for the Code.

The Code process has three main stages, registration, design and post construction—there is a significant number of homes within the process—and these numbers are increasing monthly, even in the current difficult economic climate. The following data are March 2009, with an August 2008 comparison.

Number of code certificates issued by end March 2009 and August 2008

Post construction (by code level)

Registration

Design

1

2

3

4

5

6

March 2009

>190,000

1,231

0

1

58

4

2

0

August 2008

45,000

247

0

0

0

2

0

0