can they meet the Code for Sustainable Homes?

Unfortunately this Code doesn’t exist anymore. However, the design and specification of our buildings, as homes, will potentially meet Passivhaus and what was Code Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The exact standard achieved will depend on the specific size, the site location, orientation of the building, the choice of renewable energy/heating system and whether the MVHR and the triple glazed windows options have been selected.

The U-value of the walls is 0.15 W/m²K, the elemental U-value of the windows is typically 0.76 W/m²K (depending on size) and the air leakage is no more than 0.75 m³/m²hr @ 50 Pa (0.6 air changes per hour).

The design of the smaller buildings are capable of performing up to Code Level 5, however there are difficulties in achieving the mandatory Fabric Energy Efficiency standards in the ENE 2 category. The difficulty arises due to an apparent anomaly in the SAP methodology that penalises relatively small detached buildings, even though they are highly insulated, air tight and thermally efficient.

The larger buildings could meet Passivhaus and actually surpass the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and meet Code Level 6, with them also being Lifetime Homes compliant.