Housing Corporation says planning and partnership is key to achieving EcoHomes Very Good standard.

Housing Corporation chief executive Jon Rouse has warned developers and housing associations that achieving the EcoHomes Very Good rating will be demanding, particularly against a background of increased cost efficiency.

Writing in a new sustainable building guide Rouse said that comprehensive planning, and commitment to partnership backed by a detailed design brief and reliable supply chain were key to achieving the Very Good Rating.

The guidance, EcoHomes: Achieving Very Good includes advice on achieving the Very Good rating and examples of good practice from urban and rural housing associations. The guide will also offer cost information on the uplift from the Good to Very good rating.

Rouse said: "For the first time, funding has been opened up to private developers, who will be subject to share the experience of the social housing sector, with the potential to translate to and influence the private market."

From April all housing receiving Housing Corporation grants will have to build homes to the EcoHomes Very Good standard.

EcoHomes: Achieving Very Good by Clare Wilson and Barry Smith is available from Sustainable Homes 020 8973 0424 or cwilson@Hastoe.com.