The Code For Sustainable Homes

Meeting The Demands For Zero Carbon

Improving the energy performance of buildings and cutting carbon emissions has been a key focus for the Government in recent years. Changes to Part L Building Regulations and new initiatives such as Passivhaus and the Code for Sustainable Homes puts the emphasis on domestic, commercial and public buildings to reach a higher standard of energy performance.

The Code for Sustainable Homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set by building regulations. The Code uses a 1 to 6 star system to rate the overall sustainability performance of a new home. Code Level 6 equates to zero carbon, which is a requirement of the Passivhaus Standard.

The push to Zero Carbon homes and the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 is focusing attention on windows to deliver better energy efficiency and comfort in the home. Specifying the best thermal performing windows and doors can make a significant difference to the carbon footprint and energy efficiency of your project. The demand for triple glazed windows in the UK is expected to grow driven by Passivhaus, which require windows to achieve a U-value of 0.8W/m2K, an improvement of 43% compared to the current standard U-Value of 1.4W/m2K.

Russell Timber Technology's complete range of double and triple glazed windows and fully glazed doors achieve top thermal performance. Our triple glazed windows and fully glazed doors are certified to U-Value 0.7 W/m2K, ideal for meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 or PassivHaus properties.

View our Contemporary ranges of Windows and Doors that achieve Code Level 3, 4 and 5 (depending on the configuration of the building), and our Premium range for Code Level 6.

Read more about Russell Timber » Why insist on Russell