The forthcoming Future Homes Standard, set to be implemented in 2025, will see the housebuilding industry take a giant leap towards helping the UK government meet its 2050 net zero target.
Through this initiative, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) aims to shrink carbon dioxide emissions in new build homes by up to 80%, compared to properties constructed under current building standards.
These future-proofed homes will be built to much higher standards of energy efficiency, with features like low carbon heating, improved insulation and ventilation and low energy lights as standard.
In addition, in order to achieve Target CO2 Emission Rates (TER), new homes will also require a renewable energy source – widely expected to be cost-efficient solar PV.
While 2025 still seems quite a way off, the government’s recently published changes to Part L of the Building Regulations (the conservation of fuel and power) will act as an interim measure to pave the way towards implementing the Future Homes Standard.
Read our next blog in the series to find out what it’ll mean for housebuilders, and why they’ll need to start preparing now.