Launched in 2000, EcoHomes soon became mandatory for social housing in 2003 of which a ‘Good’ rating was shortly replaced in 2005 by a ‘Very Good’ rating. Over 200,000 homes have been certified since its launch. In April 2007 the Government’s scheme, the Code for Sustainable Homes replaced EcoHomes for the assessment of ‘new’ housing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
EcoHomes Announcement for ‘New Build’ only
Due to the introduction of the Code in April 2007, the EcoHomes scheme for ‘new build’ expired on the 8th of April 2012 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The above does not apply to EcoHomes 2006 New Build assessments in Scotland. EcoHomes is still a valid / current scheme for projects registered there.
EcoHomes used for ‘Refurbishment’
A refurbishment project can still be registered under EcoHomes provided there is evidence of a suitable contractual requirement*. In the event that no evidence can be provided, the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme will be specified instead. Any EcoHomes registrations and assessments submitted will only be issued with a letter of compliance in-lieu of a formal performance certificate.