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The Future Homes Standard and changes to Building Regulations Part L 2020

In October 2019, the government launched a consultation on stronger building regulations to help pave the way for a Future Homes Standard. The consultation sets out what we think a home built to the Future Homes Standard will be like.

The consultation document was the first stage of a two-part process that will also cover the wider impacts of Part L for new homes, including changes to Part F (ventilation) and its associated Approved Document, airtightness and improving the as-built performance of constructed homes.

The UK has set in law a target to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 – one of the most ambitious targets in the world. Homes – both new and existing – account for 20% of emissions. Despite progress reducing emissions from homes, we need to go much further. New homes being built now and in the next 5-10 years will still exist in 2050 and therefore we must ensure that the energy efficiency standards we set for them put us on track to meet the 2050 target.

The government expects that an average home built the Future Homes Standard will have 75-80% lower carbon emissions than one built to Approved Document L 2013. They propose introducing a meaningful but achievable uplift to energy efficiency standards in 2020 as a steppingstone to the Future Homes Standard making new homes more energy efficient and futureproofing them in readiness for low-carbon heating systems.

The consultation sets out two options to uplift energy efficiency standards and requirements:

Watch this space for more information on the changes or call us to ask questions.


Sep 2020
The Future Homes Standard

The Future Homes Standard

In October 2019, the government launched a consultation on stronger building regulations to help pave the way for a Future Homes Standard. The consultation sets out what we think a home built to the Future Homes Standard will be like.

Sep 2020
Green Home Grants

Green Home Grants

The government’s £2bn scheme for green home improvements in England is now open for applications.

Sep 2020
TEAC(H) 2021 Conference

TEAC(H) 2021 Conference

The TEAC(H) Conference was scheduled to run again in September 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has been cancelled this year. We look forward to a fantastic conference in 2021! Please drop us an email if you're interested and we'll include you on our mailing list.

Oct 2019
TEAC(H) Conference

TEAC(H) Conference

Our TEAC(H) Conference was a success. Lots of people and lots of interesting information shared. This will be repeated next year. Thank you to all involved who made it a very interesting and successful day.

Sep 2019
TAS has moved

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Jul 2019
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Thermal and Acoustic Solutions offer a range of services, including air permeability testing, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM reporting and building regulations guidance. They have begun to use the Edel Hot Water Heat Pump to aid with regional requirements.

Jan 2019
The High Quality Development in Acton

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Jul 2018
The London Plan

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