The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has released the long awaited consultation on changes to Part L and Part F of the UK Building Regulations.
The consultation is a means to delivering the Future Homes Standard as mentioned in the previous Chancellors spring budget.
The Future Home Standard consultation proposes options for raising the bar on energy efficiency standards for new build homes, and as expected 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.
Both new and existing dwellings currently account for 20% of carbon emissions in the UK. It is hoped that homes built to the new proposed standard will have 75-80% less emissions than those built to current 2013 standards.
Elmhurst Energy Consultancy takes a keen interest in industry developments and will respond to the consultation in due course. The proposed changes will have far reaching implications for those looking to build houses in the future - especially those delivering large scale projects. If you wish to respond to the consultation you must do so before the deadline of 10th January 2020.
You can view the consultation here.
Deadline: 10th January 2020.
Article published 3rd October 2019.