Consultation on Future Homes Standard published

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The consultation on the Future Homes and Future Buildings Standards has been published.

The consultation is open to 6th March 2024 and covers changes to Part 6, Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for dwellings and non-domestic buildings and a call for evidence on Part O.

Energy efficiency requirements for new homes and non-domestic buildings are set by Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) and Part 6 of the Building Regulations 2010. This consultation sets out the government’s plans for achieving the Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard, with technical proposals for changes to the Building Regulations, the associated Approved Document guidance and calculation methods.

The majority of this consultation has regard to new homes and non-domestic buildings. A small number of sections are also relevant to existing buildings. These are:

  • Material Change of Use
  • some elements of Updated Guidance and Minimum Standards
  • real-world performance of homes: changes to Approved Document L, Volume 1: Dwellings and Approved Document F, Volume 1: Dwellings to improve the commissioning of fixed building services in new and existing homes.
  • Part O (call for evidence)

To read the full document and have your say visit: gov.uk/government/consultations/the-future-homes-and-buildings-standards-2023-consultation

MCS CEO, Ian Rippin, said of the announcement:

We welcome today’s Government announcement on the 2025 Future Homes Standard. Mandating all space heating and hot water demand in new homes should be met through low-carbon sources will ensure the UK makes quicker progress towards decarbonising our housing stock. It also gives homeowners assurance that they are making the right decision in installing a heat pump which is a proven technology for heating our homes.

We are disappointed that no clear stance has been declared on mandating Solar PV for all new homes, but remain hopeful that the outcome of the consultation will conclude that solar is a must-have for new build homes, supporting homeowners by decreasing electricity bills, securing energy independence, and reducing their carbon impact. It is particularly pleasing to see that the Government has proposed mandating that all Battery Storage systems must be safely and efficiently installed in compliance with MCS standards.

Our homes generate almost 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions and creating a standard for new homes goes a huge way to supporting our shared national journey towards a Net Zero 2050.