The RIBA, in conjunction with 20 built environment and climate action organisations, has written to Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Jeremy Pocklington, outlining our concerns about the Future Buildings Standard.
The Future Buildings Standard consultation suggests changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for non-domestic buildings and dwellings; and overheating in new residential buildings.
Organisations including the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Greenpeace have called on government to be more ambitious and show global leadership to create a world-leading built environment sector.
The letter suggests that, in order to reach net zero, the government must:
- Start regulating total energy consumption and not introduce primary energy
- Set actual energy performance targets for buildings
- Ensure new buildings are really on track for net zero carbon, with low energy demand and no fossil fuels
- Assess building performance better to close the performance gap
- Introduce and regulate embodied carbon targets for buildings
- Introduce a National Retrofit Strategy.
Download the full letter below.