In April 2007 the Government's scheme, the Code for Sustainable Homes replaced EcoHomes for the assessment of ‘new’ housing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Due to the introduction of the Code in April 2007, the BRE EcoHomes scheme for 'new build' expired on the 8th of April 2012 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland,
The above does not apply to EcoHomes 2006 New Build assessments in Scotland. EcoHomes is still a valid / current scheme for projects registered there.
EcoHomes can also be used for major refurbishments such as conversion projects and change of use and was specified for these types of projects, in the interim, whilst the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme was being developed.