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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2010) EcoHomes is an environmental rating scheme for homes in the United Kingdom. It is the domestic version of the Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method BREEAM, which can also be applied to a variety of non-residential buildings. It was replaced by the Code for Sustainable Homes in April 2007. EcoHomes can be applied to new private and social housing schemes, as well as in the case of major refurbishment. Special assessments can be made of communal housing such as student halls of residence and care homes. EcoHomes was first developed and used commercially in 2000, EcoHomes Assessments fall under one of four versions, Pre-2002, 2003, 2005 or the current version 2006. The rating system has gone through four major revisions, the latest being EcoHomes 2006. As a consequence, it is not possible to compare homes built under one revision of the standard with homes built under another. Contents 1 EcoHomes 2006 2 Criticisms 3 See also 4 References 5 External links EcoHomes 2006 In particular, the 2006 version of EcoHomes increases the standards for energy efficiency, following the 2006 revisions energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations. It also incorporates a number of other changes. Under the scheme, credits are first given for standards reached in the following areas: Energy Ene 1 - Dwelling Emission Rate Ene 2 - Building fabric Ene 3 - Drying space Ene 4 - Ecolabelled goods Ene 5 - Internal lighting Ene 6 - External lighting Transport Tra 1 - Public transport Tra 2 - Cycle storage Tra 3 - Local amenities Tra 4 - Home office Pollution Pol 1 - Insulant GWP Pol 2 - NOx emissions Pol 3 - Reduction of surface runoff Pol 4 - Renewable and low emission energy source Pol 5 - Flood risk Materials Mat 1 - Environmental impact of materials Mat 2 - Responsible sourcing of materials: basic building elements Mat 3 - Responsible sourcing of materials: finishing elements Mat 4 - Recycling facilities Water Wat 1 - Internal potable water use Wat 2 - External potable water use Land Use and Ecology Eco 1 - Ecological value of site Eco 2 - Ecological enhancement Eco 3 - Protection of ecological features Eco 4 - Change of ecological value of site Eco 5 - Building Footprint Health and Wellbeing Hea 1 - Daylighting Hea 2 - Sound insulation Hea 3 - Private space Management Man 1 - Home user guide Man 2 - Considerate constructors Man 3 - Construction site impacts Man 4 - Security A weighting system is then used to designate the home as Pass, Good, Very Good, or Excellent. All homes funded by the Housing Corporation or by English Partnerships are required to meet the 2006 Very Good standard. Previously a Good designation sufficed. It is expected that this requirement will be replaced by compliance with the Government's proposed Code for Sustainable Homes, currently being finalised, which is expected to be 'closely aligned' to EcoHomes [1]. Criticisms EcoHomes has been criticised by some for getting the balance wrong between the various elements, and for valuing low embodied energy over the whole life performance of the building. Previous versions were criticised for allowing illogical trading-off between areas of the standards, so that, for example, homes with poor energy efficiency standards could still receive a high designation. See also Association for Environment Conscious Building Earthship Biotecture Energy efficiency in British housing Environmental design Geosolar Good Homes Alliance Green building Offgassing Sustainable development Sustainable design Compare to- LEED in the United States and Canada References External links EcoHomes Low carbon in Highlands Solar and Wind Energy Resources Earthship Biotecture: Super EcoHomes, Completely Sustainable and Independent Sustainable Energy Resources The Home User Guide Green Homes using Carbon Offsets Carbon Reductive Eco Homes Recent changes to BREEAM 2008 (video), A technical presentation on implications for the built environment News Spring 2006, Green Building Press, Discontent over the Code for Sustainable Development v · d · eConstruction industry in the United Kingdom Construction · Economy of the United Kingdom Companies Consultancies and support services AMEC · Amey · Arcadis AYH · Architecture firms · Arup · Atkins · Cundall Johnston and Partners · Davis Langdon · Elliott Wood Partnership · Faithful+Gould · Gifford · Hoare Lea · Jarvis · MITIE Group · Mott MacDonald · Mouchel · Scott Wilson Group · WSP Group Housebuilders Barratt Developments · Bellway · Berkeley Group Holdings · Bovis Homes Group · Countryside Properties · Crest Nicholson · Crosby Lend Lease · McCarthy & Stone · Miller Homes · Muir Homes · Persimmon · Redrow · Taylor Wimpey Integrated construction Balfour Beatty · BAM Nuttall · Barr Construction · Carillion · Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company · Clugston Group · Costain Group · Interserve · Kier Group · Laing O'Rourke · Linford Group · Mace · Morgan Sindall Group · Shepherd Building Group · Sir Robert McAlpine · Wates Group Suppliers Aggregate Industries · Ashtead Group · Brogan Group · Hanson · Jewson · Kingspan Off-Site · Mero-Schmidlin · Pilkington · RMD Kwikform · SIG · Speedy Hire · Tarmac · Tata Steel Europe · Travis Perkins · Wolseley Government and regulatory bodies Department for Communities and Local Government · Health and Safety Executive · Local planning authority · Olympic Delivery Authority · Planning Inspectorate Industry bodies British Constructional Steelwork Association · Construction Clients' Group · Construction Industry Council · Constructing Excellence · Federation of Master Builders · National Access and Scaffolding Confederation · National Federation of Builders · National Federation of Demolition Contractors · National House Building Council · National Specialist Contractors Council · SELECT - the Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland · Specialist Engineering Contractors Group · Strategic Forum for Construction Sustainability Association for Environment Conscious Building · BREEAM · Code for Sustainable Homes · EcoHomes · Energy efficiency in British housing · Good Homes Alliance · UK Green Building Council Other British Construction Industry Awards · Building · Building regulations in the United Kingdom · Building regulations approval · Development control in the United Kingdom · New Civil Engineer · Planning permission · Town and country planning in the United Kingdom Construction v · d · eEnergy in the United Kingdom  Companies Coal Anglo American1 · Asia Energy1 · B9 Coal · BHP Billiton1 · Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation1 · Rio Tinto Group1 · UK Coal · Xstrata1 Oil and gas Integrated BG Group · BP · Royal Dutch Shell Distribution and supply Bayford & Co · Greenergy · Murco Petroleum · Scottish Fuels Exploration and production Afren1 · BHP Billiton · Cairn Energy1 · Centrica · Chevron UK2 · Dana Petroleum · Desire Petroleum1 · Emerald Energy1 · EnQuest · Essar Energy · Falkland Oil and Gas1 · Hardy Oil and Gas1 · JKX Oil & Gas1 · Melrose Resources1 · Perenco · Premier Oil · Regal Petroleum1 · Rockhopper Exploration1 · Salamander Energy1 · SOCO International1 · Star Energy · Statoil UK2 · Total UK2 · Tullow Oil · Xtract Energy Support Abbot Group · AMEC · Ensco International · Expro International Group · Hunting · M. W. Kellogg2 · Petrofac · Qserv · Score Group · Weir Group · WesternGeco2 · Wood Group Utilities Generation and supply Integrated Centrica · EDF Energy2 · E.ON UK2 · NPower2 · Scottish and Southern Energy · Scottish Power2 Electricity generation Drax Group · Falck Renewables · Horizon Nuclear Power2 · International Power · Vedanta Resources1 · Wind Prospect Supply Ecotricity · ESB International · Firmus Energy · first:utility · Good Energy · Green Energy · Ovo Energy · Phoenix Natural Gas · Telecom Plus Distribution Electricity CE Electric UK2 · Electricity North West · Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution · SP Energy Networks2 · UK Power Networks2 · Western Power Distribution2 Gas Firmus Energy · National Grid3 · Northern Gas Networks · Phoenix Natural Gas · Scotia Gas Networks · Wales & West Utilities Transmission Electricity National Grid3 · Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission · SP Energy Networks2 Gas National Grid3 Other Aggreko · APX-ENDEX · Aquamarine Power · British Power International · Ecogen · Energyhelpline · Energylinx · Geothermal Engineering · Mark Group · Wavegen 1Headquarters and/or registered office in the UK but no applicable energy operations within the country 2Ultimate parent company is not UK-based 3Integrated in the United States, no generation or supply activities in the UK  Energy sources Coal Coal Authority · Coal-fired power stations · Coal mines · Coal mining regions · Confederation of UK Coal Producers · Greenhouse gas emissions · History (Miners' strike) · Open-pit coal mining Electricity Association of Electricity Producers · BritNed · East–West Interconnector · Energy switching services · Economy 7 · Economy 10 · Electricity billing (Data collector · Meter operator · Meter Point Administration Number · Meter serial number) · Green electricity · HVDC Cross-Channel · HVDC Moyle · HVDC Norway–UK · Isle of Man to England Interconnector · National Grid (UK) (Control of the National Grid · National Grid Reserve Service · Registered power zone · TV pickup) · New Electricity Trading Arrangements · Power stations · Timeline of the electricity supply industry Nuclear Advanced gas-cooled reactor · Franco–British Nuclear Forum · Magnox · National Nuclear Laboratory · Nuclear Decommissioning Authority · Nuclear Liabilities Fund · Nuclear power stations · Office for Nuclear Regulation · Sellafield · United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Oil and gas BBL Pipeline · Dash for Gas · Forties pipeline system · Fuel protests · Gas infrastructure · Greenhouse gas emissions · Hydrocarbon oil duty · National Transmission System · Natural gas fields · Natural gas-fired power stations · North Sea oil · Oil & Gas UK · Oil fields · Oil-fired power stations · Oil infrastructure · Oil refineries · Petroleum revenue tax Renewables Biofuels Biodiesel · Biofuel power stations · National Non-Food Crops Centre · Renewable Fuels Agency · Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Geothermal Geothermal power stations Hydroelectricity Hydroelectric power stations · Severn Barrage · Wave farms Solar power Wind power List of offshore wind farms · List of onshore wind farms · North Sea Offshore Grid · Wind power in Scotland · Wind turbines  Government and regulation Organisations The Carbon Trust · Cenex · Committee on Climate Change · Consumer Focus · Department of Energy and Climate Change · Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs · Energy Saving Trust · GTMA · National Nuclear Laboratory · Nuclear Decommissioning Authority · Office of Gas and Electricity Markets · Office for Nuclear Regulation · Planning Act 2008 · Sustainable Development Commission Legislation and initiatives Carbon Emission Reduction Target · Climate Change Act 2008 · Climate Change Agreement · Climate Change Levy · Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 · CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme · Display Energy Certificate · Energy Performance Certificate · Fossil Fuel Levy · Low Carbon Building Programme · National Industrial Symbiosis Programme · Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation · Renewable Heat Incentive · Renewables Obligation · United Kingdom Climate Change Programme  Non-governmental organisations Charities and pressure groups Ashden Award · BioRegional · Campaign against Climate Change · Centre for Alternative Technology · National Energy Action · Stop Climate Chaos · Tyndall Centre Industry and professional bodies Association of Electricity Producers · Combined Heat and Power Association · Confederation of UK Coal Producers · Energy Institute · Energy Networks Association · Energy Retail Association · Green Power Forum · Oil & Gas UK · RenewableUK · Utilities Intermediaries Association Research Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology · Energy Technologies Institute · Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research · NaREC · Oil Depletion Analysis Centre · UK Energy Research Centre  Energy conservation Association for the Conservation of Energy · British Energy Efficiency Federation · Close the Door campaign · Code for Sustainable Homes · Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme · EcoHomes · Energy efficiency in British housing · Energy Saving Trust (Energy Saving Trust Recommended) · Greenhouse gas emissions · HTB · National Home Energy Rating Category