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Navigating the Future Homes Standard

What is the Future Homes Standard?

The initial Future Homes Standard consultation was completed in February 2020 with a secondary review ending in April 2021. From here, governments response was to implement significant changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (Ventilation) of the Building Regulations. But before the future buildings standard comes into effect, there are more immediate developments on the horizon.

After publishing in January 2021, uplifts to Part L and F are set to come into force from 15 June 2022. The amendments specified within these approved documents look to significantly improve energy efficiency standards and will reshape the specification of windows as well as other building products. 

As such, new homes built from 2022 are expected to produce 31% less carbon emissions. At the same time, the latest measures will apply to existing dwellings where thermal improvements are to be made. For example, the addition of new windows.  

On 27 June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to set its net zero greenhouse gas emissions target in law.

To achieve this by 2050, updates to Part L and F of the building regulations come into force as of 15 June 2022.

Naturally the pace of change and ongoing debate around this has caused much disruption among the construction sector. Particularly concerning are tightening background ventilation requirements under Part F, with the Government making trickle vents mandatory for many new frames. In response, REHAU has developed a series of fact sheets to use as a reliable aid.

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