Elmhurst issues final response to key Future Buildings Standard Consultation

Elmhurst has issued its final response to the Government's Future Buildings Standard consultation, which covers proposals for energy and ventilation standards to be implemented from 2021 for non-domestic buildings as well as new and existing homes.

You can read Elmhurst’s Final consultation response here.

The Future Buildings Standard consultation follows the Future Homes Standard consultation which was released in October 2019, and covered proposals for future energy standards in new build homes. Both consultations are linked and together establish a roadmap towards creating homes and buildings that are fit for the future, a built environment with lower carbon emissions and homes which are adapted to the overheating risks caused by a warming climate.

The Future Buildings Standard consultation document was split into two sections.

Section A: New and existing non-domestic buildings

This section included a proposal to set an interim uplift to Part L and F standards in 2021, and also established a roadmap for the implementation of a new Future Building Standards in 2025. The primary aim of this new Future Buildings Standard is to ensure that non-domestic buildings undertake a transition to using low-carbon heat sources for heating and hot water.

Key messages from Elmhurst's Response

We support the 27% carbon reduction uplift for energy efficiency standards

An additional step change should be introduced in 2023

Future proofing buildings is sensible

We must ensure SBEM is fit for purpose

Part L2 checks should be managed by accredited NDEAs

Section B: New and existing domestic buildings.

Like Section A, this section also included a proposal for a 2021 uplift of Part L and Part F standards for homes. Aspects of this section build on the previous Future Homes Standard consultation due to the fact that it addresses level at which the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard metric should be set., some standards for building services as well as guidance on the calibration of devices used for airtightness testing. The consultation also proposes the introduction of overheating standards for new residential buildings (some non-domestic buildings also fall within this scope).

Key messages from Elmhurst's Response

Mixed views on existing dwellings thermal element proposals

Separate energy efficiency requirements for conservatories

Future proofing homes for low carbon heating is sensible but...

Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard for new homes should be based on the Part L 2021 notional building

Ventilation systems should be designed by a competent person and independently inspected

We support a new Building Regulation to mitigate overheating in new homes

The assessment of overheating risk should still have an initial indication from SAP assessments

Those assessing overheating risk should be part of a competent persons scheme


Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, comments: "It is fantastic to see that, in spite of the pandemic, the government are still keen to make buildings fit for the future, and this consultation provides a vital next step in this process. The government has indicated that the results of the consultation will appear in legislation in December 2021 for adoption in the summer of 2022, so we hope that it won't be too long until we see the direction that government are taking with this".

To read the consultation, click here.

To read Elmhurst’s final consultation response, click here.

Article Published: 13/04/2021

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