Cracking Code 6 homes

  • Date: 31/03/2011

Buildoffsite: Sustainability is both desirable in new homes and unavoidable as the
Government has set 2016 as the target for zero carbon homes. The subject is
dominating many an agenda as contractors and developers grapple with the
challenge of creating homes that deliver the zero carbon target, yet are profitable
and marketable.

The pace of advance is fast, so keeping abreast of change is more important
than ever. BLP is in the process of insuring a number of new schemes where,
when the homes are built, they will be amongst the first in the country to achieve
such a low carbon rating.

Jeff Maxted, Technical Director of BLP explains: “Our flexible approach to
innovation and traditional construction combined with an extensive knowledge of
modern methods of construction has allowed us to insure a number of new
schemes that traditional warranty providers might be reluctant to insure.”
For example, BLP has recently agreed new homes insurance on a Code 6
development by Catalyst Housing. Working with Willmott Dixon, Catalyst
Housing is about to start building on a new development at Staines Road,

Tim Nathan, Project Manager at Catalyst Homes explains: “From the outset we
have been committed to building Code 6 properties that will be homes for life –
not an experimental scheme where people are housed short term while the
properties are assessed for efficiency.”

He goes on to say: “We have worked with BLP before and their approach to this
project has, as ever, been refreshingly straight forward because, although they
wanted different information in order to process the application for our new
homes insurance, the process was exactly the same and the premiums are no

“I am really pleased that people from the housing list will live here and they will
reap the benefit of living in such top quality housing with the best levels of energy
efficiency,” he concludes.

Jeff Maxted agrees: “The transfer of knowledge between professionals is
absolutely essential to the Zero Carbon agenda. Collaboration and partnering will
be essential to achieving the demanding carbon reduction targets that have been
set and BLP will play our part is supporting our clients to achieve this.”

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*Policy is underwritten by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, UK Branch

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