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Government publishes response to the Future Homes Standard consultation

The Government has finally published its response to its consultation on: The Future Homes Standard: changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings which ran from October 2019 to February 2020.

As anticipated, the Government is committed to introducing the standard in 2025 and this will require new homes to be highly energy efficient with low carbon heating, rather than using traditional gas boilers.  The homes will be ‘zero carbon ready’ with a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of at least 75% compared to current levels.

In advance of this, the Government also proposes a ‘stepping stone’ amendment to Part L of the Building Regulations requiring new homes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 31% against current levels.  This amendment will be made in December 2021 and shall come into effect from June 2022, with a transitionary period for new properties registered before June 2022.

If you would like to know more or discuss how this may affect your planning application, including the application of planning policies containing local energy performance standards, then please contact Chris Garratt at chrisg@whitepeakplanning.co.uk.