Exploring the complexity of understanding, managing and marketing codes for sustainability in the current economic climate – issues for the small builder

  • Erik Geelhoed
  • Andy Morrell
  • Praminda Caleb-Solly
  • Ming Sun
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 12)


In the UK the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is set to become mandatory in 2016. However current attitudinal research highlights unwillingness within the major construction industry although there is some promising research regarding occupier awareness. Little is known about attitudes of Small to Medium Building Enterprises regarding the CSH. We conducted an in-depth interview study with builders and found that by and large they have a good understanding of the CSH and value a good relationship with building inspectors. In addition they are not computer illiterate and have been using technology for decades. Their use of “estimating” software allows them to gain intricate knowledge of all the different stages of the building process and as such presents itself as a promising vehicle to also educate them about the CSH.


Code for Sustainable Homes (UK) Small to Medium Enterprise Builders user and attitude research technology use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Geelhoed
    • 1
  • Andy Morrell
    • 1
  • Praminda Caleb-Solly
    • 1
  • Ming Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Environment and TechnologyUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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