The UK’s first ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level Six’ holiday home complex, The Emerald

February 27, 2014
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Perfect Stays, the exclusive and specialist holiday letting agency, announces that one of its locations has become the UK’s first ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level Six’ holiday home complex.

Situated in the heart of Cornwall not far from the coastal town of Falmouth, The Emerald is a prestigious eco development which not only boasts from being built to the highest level of sustainability but also without compromising on any luxury with its 5-star accommodation.

The code level six is the highest level of accreditation for eco developments. The Emerald derives this rating from having its own solar farm and rainwater harvesting facilities as well as grey water recycling.

Solar panels are used to generate energy in the 5-acre grounds at The Emerald, a new exclusive eco-estate located near Falmouth in Cornwall with five luxury self-catered holiday rental properties, an indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court and gym [Image: Kirstin Prisk]

The estate comprises of five houses in a peaceful, private retreat. The houses can be rented separately or altogether for a party of up to 20. There are numerous facilities available for guests including hot tubs, an indoor swimming pool, gym and tennis court. It is perfect for a family holiday, a large party of friends or as a break for a couple to retreat into their own sanctuary.

Terrace with dining table and private hot tub outside Fern, a luxury one-bedroom holiday apartment in new 5-acre eco estate [Image: Kirstin Prisk]

Commenting on the news, Scott Fairhurst, Managing Director of Perfect Stays, said: “We are delighted that one of our locations has been awarded this prestigious rating. Nowadays we are finding that our customers are not only seeking luxury when looking for holiday accommodation but the environmental aspect can play a key role when deciding on their next location. Being the first of its kind in the UK, The Emerald is able to fulfil this requirement and we are proud to be able to offer this accommodation at such a high level of sustainability as well as comfort.”

What is the UK’s ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’

The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes based on BRE Global’s EcoHomes scheme. It is a UK Government owned national standard intended to encourage continuous improvement in sustainable home building.

BRE Global act as advisors on issues related to maintenance and development of the technical contents of the CSH standard and manage implementation of the scheme under contract to the UK Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The CSH covers nine categories of sustainable design when it comes to scope and scoring:

  • Energy and CO2 emissions (M),
  • Water (M),
  • Materials (M),
  • Surface Water Run-off (M),
  • Waste (M),
  • Pollution,
  • Health and Wellbeing (M),
  • Management,
  • Ecology.

There are mandatory performance requirements in 6 catergories (denoted by an M above). All other performance requirements are flexible. It is possible to achieve an overall level of between zero and six depending on the mandatory standards and proportion of flexible standards achieved.

Further information

Take a look at St John’s Church Vicarage, the UK’s first vicarage to go green and became a CSH Level 6!