The Aims of Each Category


Energy and CO2 emissions


Ene 1 To limit emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere that arise from the operation of a dwelling and its services.
 Ene 2 To future proof the energy efficiency of dwellings over their whole life by limiting heat losses across the building envelope
 Ene 3 To encourage the provision of energy efficient internal lighting, thus reducing the CO2 emissions from the dwelling.
 Ene 4              To provide a reduced energy means of drying clothes.
 Ene 5 To encourage the provision or purchase of energy efficient white goods, and so reduce the CO2 emissions from appliances in the dwelling.
 Ene 6 To encourage the provision of energy efficient external lighting, and reduce associated CO2 emissions

 Ene 7             To reduce carbon emissions and atmospheric pollution by encouraging local energy generation from renewable sources to supply a significant proportion of the energy demand. 
 Ene 8 To encourage the wider use of bicycles as transport by providing adequate and secure cycle storage facilities, thus reducing the need for short car journeys.
Ene 9 To reduce the need to commute to work by providing residents with the necessary space and services to be able to work from home.


 Wat 1              To reduce the consumption of potable water in the home.
 Wat 2  To encourage the recycling of rainwater and reduce the amount of mains potable water used for external water uses.



Mat 1              To encourage the use of materials with lower environmental impacts over their lifecycle. 
Mat 2 To recognise and encourage the specification of responsibly sourced materials for the basic building elements.
Mat 3  To recognise and encourage the specification of responsibly sourced materials for the finishing elements. 

Surface Water Run-off

Sur 1                     To design housing developments which avoid, reduce and delay the discharge of rainfall to public sewers and watercourses. This will protect watercourses and reduce the risk of localised flooding, pollution and other environmental damage.
Sur 2  To encourage housing development in low flood risk areas, or to take measures to reduce the impact of flooding on houses built in areas with a medium or high risk of flooding.  


Was 1                  To recognise and reward the provision of adequate indoor and outdoor storage space for non-recyclable waste and recyclable household waste. 
Was 2  To promote reduction and effective management of construction related waste by improving on performance which meets the Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) regulations. 
Was 3  To encourage developers to provide the facilities to compost household waste, reducing the amount of household waste sent to landfill.  


Pol 1                  To reduce global warming from blowing agent emissions that arise from the manufacture, installation, use and disposal of foamed thermal and acoustic insulating materials 
Pol 2  To reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the atmosphere.  

Health & Wellbeing

Hea 1                To improve the quality of life in homes through good daylighting and to reduce the need for energy to light the home.  
Hea 2  To ensure the provision of improved sound insulation to reduce the likelihood of noise complaints from neighbours.  
Hea 3  To improve the occupiers’ quality of life by providing an outdoor space for their use, which is at least partially private. 
Hea 4  To encourage the construction of homes that are accessible to everybody and where the layout can easily be adapted to meet the needs of future occupants. 


Man 1                 To recognise and encourage the provision of guidance to enable home owners/occupiers to understand and operate their home efficiently and to make the best use of local facilities.  
Man 2  To recognise and encourage construction sites managed in an environmentally and socially considerate and accountable manner.  
Man 3  To recognise and encourage construction sites managed in a manner that mitigates environmental impacts. 
Man 4  To encourage the design of developments where people feel safe and secure; where crime and disorder, or the fear of crime, does not undermine quality of life or community cohesion. 



Eco 1               To encourage development on land that already has a limited value to wildlife, and discourage the development of ecologically valuable sites. 
Eco 2  To enhance the ecological value of a site. 
Eco 3  To protect existing ecological features from substantial damage during the clearing of the site and the completion of construction works. 
Eco 4  To reward steps taken to minimise reductions and to encourage an improvement in ecological value.  
Eco 5  To promote the most efficient use of a building’s footprint by ensuring that land and material use is optimised across the development. 

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