The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has launched a new consultation on the future of Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations.
The consultation, titled The Future Homes Standard: changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings, is inviting views from industry on proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020.
It is the first stage of a two-part consultation about proposed changes to the Building Regulations. It also covers the wider impacts of Part L for new homes, including changes to Part F (ventilation), its associated Approved Document guidance, airtightness, and improving as-built performance of the constructed home.
The consultation sets out two options to uplift energy efficiency standards and requirements:
According to the document, of the two options, option 2 is the government's preferred choice. This is because "it would deliver more carbon savings and result in lower bills for the householder but has higher build costs. We also expect that it would help to prepare supply chains for heat pumps and increase the number of trained installers."
To view the document in full, or provide a response, please click here.