Briefing on the Future Homes Standard: 2019 consultation

The Government has published a consultation setting out plans to introduce a Future Homes Standard, which requires a considerable step-up in the energy efficiency standards of new homes.

17 October 2019

The UK has set in law a target to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. To achieve this target, the Government’s ambition is to improvement the energy efficiency of homes, and move to cleaner ways of heating homes, in order to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

To meet this ambition, the Government has published a consultation setting out:

  • plans to introduce a Future Homes Standard by 2025
  • options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020.

Proposals include:

  • changes to conservation of fuel and power for new homes (Building Regulations Part L)
  • the wider impact of these changes, such as the need to update ventilation (Building Regulations Part F)
  • consideration of airtightness and improving as-built performance of the constructed home
  • updates to associated guidance.

Tell us what you think

We’ve published a briefing, which outlines the consultation proposals, highlighting key considerations for housing associations, and asking several questions for members to respond to.

Please submit your responses, via our online survey, no later than Tuesday 3 December, and with any questions.

Download the briefing

Download the Government’s original consultation document

Next steps

Once the Government has considered the responses to this consultation, it intends to publish the second part of Future Home Standard consultations in late 2019 or early 2020, covering:

  • overheating in new dwellings
  • energy efficiency standards for:
    • work carried out in existing dwellings
    • new buildings other than dwellings
    • work to existing buildings other than dwellings.