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Eco Homes Assessments



Why do I need a survey?

BREEAM is the British Research Establishment’s Environmental Benchmark to measure sustainability. An ECO Homes Assessment is usually required as part of a planning application to demonstrate that the building is ‘sustainable’ and reaches a prescribed benchmark.

The principle is that Eco Homes, or GreenBuildings are those kind of properties that are sustainable and environmentally friendly throughout their whole life cycle, which means through the periods of design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. An absolutely environmentally friendly building does not exist, but developers can at least try to reduce the negative impact from construction on the environment and people’s health by considering the following aspects:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

Since 1 May 2008 it has been mandatory for all new homes to have a rating against the Code for Sustainable Homes, and your planning application will be INVALID unless you provide an assessment. This legislation replaced the EcoHomes 2006 assessment method for new build housing but continues to be used for refurbished housing. All Eco Houses have to comply with BREEAM requirements.

Legal Requirements

The assessment is based on a credit scoring system (6 levels) and from 2008 new mandatory minimum levels of performance were introduced across the 7 key areas:

  1. Energy efficiency /CO2
  2. Water efficiency
  3. Surface water management
  4. Site Waste Management
  5. Household Waste Management
  6. Use of Materials
  7. Lifetime homes (applies to Code Level 6 only)


To download copy of the Code for Sustainable Homes click here

Technical guide
Setting the Sustainability Standards for New Homes


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Under each of the links below are some practical considerations as to how you can score a higher rating for your assessment



How Ringley can help

EcoHome 2006 Guidance
EcoHome 2005 Guidance


Getting started

BREEAM assessments must be carried out by a BRE’s Licensed Assessor. To make an enquiry



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