Eco construction is at the heart of all that we do at Pod Space, and with climate change firmly on the agenda in the current political climate, we are welcoming the consultation on the new Future Homes Standard. The announcement for the new consultation was made in the Spring Statement earlier in the year and some of the changes are proposed to take place as early as next year.
The ultimate goal is for all new build homes to be future proofed with low carbon heating and world leading levels of energy efficiency, including a recommendation that by 2025, no new home will be connected to the gas network. The proposed changes are staged, with the first phase updates to Building Regulations set to be issued in Spring 2020 and likely to come in to force in the Autumn of 2020.
The changes proposed will affect Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings, with an expectation that every new dwelling will achieve a 75% – 80% reduction in carbon emissions over the current L1A 2013.
The Part L changes are currently consulting on one of the following two options:
1. 20% reduction in carbon emissions over the 2013 requirements. This would be achieved with very high levels of energy efficiency on the fabric of the building e.g. triple glazing, minimising heat loss from the fabric of the building.
2. A 31% reduction in carbon emissions over the 2013 requirements. This would be achieved with all of the above plus renewable technologies such as PV
The governments preference is for option two.
The consultation addresses issues which will have a significant effect on all sectors of the construction industry with an interest in new home building and the government are inviting responses until 10th January 2020.