Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the consultations opened by the government on The Future Home Standard, including Parts L and F of the Building Regulations.
The consultation sets out the government’s plans for the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020. The Future Homes Standard will require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. It will be introduced by 2025.
The Future Home Standard consultation proposes changes to ‘Part F’- the ventilation standards. Further to this, the consultation contains more stringent transitional arrangements and proposes clearer role for planning authorities in setting energy efficiency standards. Focus is also given to the prevention of overheating in buildings within the consultation documents, with new research papers provided for ‘overheating’ and ‘ventilation and air quality’.
It is expected that the non-domestic standard consultation (Part L2) will be released in the near future, alongside some additional details for changing the standards for building work in existing homes and non-domestic buildings. The new Part L must be a meaningful step change (uplift) towards the Future Homes Standard. The intent being to make new homes more energy efficient and to future proof them in readiness for low carbon heating systems.
“We very much welcome the announcement of this consultation. Part L and F are long overdue an update and it essential that we move our homes towards higher energy efficiency standards. We look forward to the debate that this consultation will no doubt create,” states Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operations Director of Elmhurst Energy.
“Elmhurst will as always liaise with our expert members to develop a considered response to this important consultation. There is a lot of detail provided within the consultation and over the coming days we plan to undertake a full analysis of it, with our findings and observations included.”