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. 

Background

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.

Consultation Information

Consultation Name

The Future Homes Standard: Changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings- Link here

Consultation Release Date

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Published by

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)

Response Deadline

Friday 10th January 2020 (11:45pm)- Respond here

Link to Elmhurst Response

Response Pending

The Future Homes Standard

The consultation released in October 2019 reinforces the government's spring statement, which included a commitment to introduce a new Future Homes Standard for new build homes. This builds on the Grand Challenge Buildings Mission to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030. The consultation proposes that the energy efficiency standards within new build homes need to be raised in order to ensure that new homes constructed now and in years to come will be future-proofed with low carbon heating, and 'world-leading' levels of energy efficiency.

The government proposes that the Future Homes Standard will be implemented fully by 2025, with an intermediate uplift to energy efficiency standards in mid/late 2020. It is anticipated that any new build homes constructed to this standard will produce 75-80% less carbon dioxide emissions then one built to current standards/requirements.

FHS fact

Uplift of the Part L Standards in 2020

The Consultation outlines two options to uplift energy efficiency standards and requirements for Part L of the Building Regulations in 2020:

Option 1-'Future Homes Fabric': 20% reduction in carbon emissions delivered primarily through better building fabric.

Option 2-'Fabric plus technology': 31% reduction in carbon emissions delivered predominantly through carbon saving technology and fabric improvements.


The government prefers option 2 as their 2020 'stepping stone' for the Future Homes Standard. This option delivers greater carbon savings and lower fuel bills, but would introduce higher build costs for developers.


Additional changes to Part L in 2020

New Performance Metrics

Changes to AirTightness

Improving Compliance

Additional Proposals

You can view draft guidance for Approved Document L by clicking below

VIEW DRAFT PART L GUIDANCE >

Changes to Part F (Ventilation)

Chapter four of the consultation delivers proposed changes to Approved Document F (Ventilation), this includes the following:

  • simplifying the structure and content of guidance relating to Part F
  • simplifying the process for determining the ventilation rate and system design required for new build homes
  • providing information to educate building owners about their ventilation systems. A copy of the completed Appendix C would satisfy this requirement
  • reviewing the way that ventilation systems are presented in Part F to reflect typical design practices

  • You can view draft guidance for Approved Document F by clicking below

    VIEW DRAFT PART F GUIDANCE >

    CPD Available from Elmhurst

    Following the release of this much anticipated consultation Elmhurst has launched a brand new regional training/CPD event, suitable for both new build energy assessors and those involved in the construction of new dwellings.

    The course provides an indepth look at the proposed changes to Part L and Part F of Building Regulations and introduces SAP 10; all of which will have a significant impact for anyone involved in the construction of new dwellings. Futhermore, new build energy assessors can use this course to build their understanding of the proposals being made and use this to prepare themselves and their clients for the upcoming changes.

    Locations

    Bristol

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    Durham

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    Leeds

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    Lutterworth

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    Maidstone

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    Manchester

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    Norwich

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    Winchester

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    Consultation Information

    Consultation Name

    The Future Homes Standard: Changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings- Link here

    Consultation Release Date

    Tuesday 1st October 2019

    Published by

    Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)

    Response Deadline

    Friday 10th January 2020 (11:45pm)- Respond here

    Link to Elmhurst Response

    Response Pending
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