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Government Publishes Response To Consultation On Future Homes Standard And Consults On Future Buildings Standard

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On 19 January 2021, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published its response to its October 2019 Future Homes Standard (FHS) consultation and consultation on a Future Buildings Standard (FBS).

The response to the FHS consultation confirms:

  • From 2025, the FHS will require new homes to be zero-carbon ready and to have carbon emissions 75-80% lower than those built under current standards. The government will consult on a technical specification for the FHS in 2023.
  • The government will introduce an interim uplift in Part L (conservation of fuel and power) Building Regulations standards in 2021, which will require new homes to produce 31% less carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to current standards. Transitional arrangements will apply to individual homes rather than an entire development. Developers will need to submit a building notice or deposit plans by June 2022 and commence work on each individual building by June 2023 to take advantage of these arrangements.
  • The role of local planning authorities in determining local energy efficiency standards will be clarified as part of the planning reforms initiated in 2020.

Key proposals in the FBS consultation are that the FBS that will apply to new non-domestic buildings from 2025, there will be a 2021 uplift to the Part L Building Regulations standards for new non-domestic buildings and new standards to mitigate against overheating in residential buildings. The consultation closes on 13 April 2021.

Tom Warrender


Tom Warrender


Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 15 years + experience advising clients in relation to commercial property matters. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Tom is a member of SHLA and CRELA, sits on our Board of Management & Heads our Social Housing Team.