Sustainable Buildings

Increasing media attention and public concern over environmental issues, notably climate change, has given rise to a growing appetite among consumers for more sustainable products and services. Good building design can make a great contribtuion to reducing pollution and improving the environment.

Planning authorities are able to set their own requirements in excess of the Part L Building Regulations, many are turning to the Code for Sustainable Homes to set targets for developers. Some authorities have been using the Merton Rule, where 10% of the energy needs of developments over 10 homes must be supplied by renewable energy sources.


Over the coming years all new homes will be required to meet tougher minimum standards as Building Regulations are reviewed, The Code for Sustainable Homes is seen as a forerunner of those changes. The Government target is zero emission homes, mandatory for both private and public sectors by 2016. Lloyd Davenport can provide you with insulation solutions to help you reach these targets in the Energy and CO2 emisions category, and through sound insulation, the Health and Well-being category.


Code levels for Mandatory Minimum Standards in CO2 Emissions
Code level Minimum percentage reduction in dwelling emission rate over target emission rate
Level 1 («) 10
Level 2 (««) 18
Level 3 («««) 25
Level 4 (««««) 44
Level 5 («««««) 100
Level 5 (««««««) 'Zero Carbon Home'

We have been proud to work with the William Lacey Group in delivering a development of Code Level 5W Lacey insulation homes achieved in part through excellent insulation and photovoltaic roof tiles.

W Lacey PV tile roof

Our subsidiary Oxbridge Solar, can provide solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions which will in turn help you to acheive the code levels demanded by planning authorities. Energy and CO2 Emissions provide 36.4% of the points contribution towards Total Credits in determining the Code Level achieved. With extra points awarded for solar PV, simple to install and easily integrated into the build programme, Solar PV is a cost-effective contribution to achieving these goals.

More information on how the points are awarded is available in the Code for Sustainable Homes Technical guide.