New consultation on plans for the Future Homes Standard

The Government has announced a new consultation, which sets out its plans for the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes from 2020.

3 October 2019

The 2019 Spring Statement included a commitment that, by 2025, the Government would introduce a Future Homes Standard for new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.

The Government has now published a new consultation setting out these plans, which is open to responses until 10 January 2020. The consultation includes:

  • proposals to ban fossil fuel heating systems, such as gas boilers, from new homes by 2025 and replacing them with low carbon heating systems, such as air source heat pumps
  • a request for views on how changes to building regulations can reduce the carbon footprint of homes built after 2025 – including changes to the energy efficiency and ventilation requirements
  • consideration of whether to commence the amendment to the Planning and Energy Act 2008, which would restrict local planning authorities from setting higher energy efficiency standards for new homes.

Full details can be found on the Government’s website.

We are reviewing the detail of this announcement and will provide further information – including details of how you can feed into our sector response – soon.

In the interim period, please contact Amy Simmons or Will Jeffwitz in our Policy team with any questions.