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The Future Homes and Buildings Standards: 2023 consultation

The government is consulting on regulation changes and proposals that will lead to the Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard in England, and you can now have your say.

Energy efficiency requirements for new homes and non-domestic buildings are set by Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) and Part 6 of the Building Regulations 2010 (the Building Regulations).

The consultation sets out technical proposals for changes to the Building Regulations, the associated Approved Document (Part 6, Part L and Part F) guidance and calculation methods. It’s also seeking views and evidence on Part O, which aims to reduce the risk of overheating in new residential buildings.

The majority of the consultation is relevant new homes and non-domestic buildings but a small number of sections apply to existing buildings. These are:

  • Material change of use
  • Some elements of updated guidance and minimum standards
  • Real-world performance of homes: changes to Approved Document L, Volume 1: Dwellings and Approved Document F, Volume 1: Dwellings to improve the commissioning of fixed building services in new and existing homes.
  • Part O (call for evidence).

The consultation closes on 6 March 2024 and you can read it in full and respond here.

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