The Future Homes Standard Consultation
The Government has released its eagerly anticipated consultation for Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations.
On the 27th June the UK became the first major economy to pass a net zero emissions target into law. The 2050 target is an ambitious one and government are keen to reduce emissions quickly. Both new and existing homes account for approximately 20% of UK carbon emissions and although much has already been done in this area to reduce emissions (introduction of the Clean Growth Strategy, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards etc), it is evident that more is needed.
The Future Homes Standard Consultation presents a proposal from government to introduce a new Future Homes Standard, and to make relevant changes to Approved Document Part L1a (Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings) as well as Part F (Ventilation). The government proposes to simplify the guidance presented in both approved documents and also presents its ambition to tighten 'transitional arrangements' to ensure that all homes are built to new energy efficiency standards.
The Future Homes Standard consultation will impact a number of industry stakeholders including: new build energy assessors, property developers, property owners and occupiers, construction professionals, construction suppliers, environmental organisation, and local authorities.
An overview of the consultation has been provided below.