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Consultation response: Future Homes Standard

Read our response to the government consultation.

This consultation sought views on the regulations governing the energy performance of new residential buildings. The Future Homes Standard consultation looks at proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) and Part F (Ventilation) of the Building Regulations.

The RIBA welcomes the direction of travel signified by many of the measures proposed in the Future Homes Standard.

However, we believe that there is a need for greater ambition on behalf of the government if we are to significantly improve the performance and reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment.

The RIBA asks the government to:

  • Use operational energy consumption as the principal metric for measuring energy efficiency of buildings
  • Set actual energy performance and embodied carbon targets for buildings which are in line with the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge
  • Establish a more effective methodology for the design process to measure actual energy efficiency
  • Close loopholes in the transitional arrangements for the Future Homes Standard

Download the RIBA's full response to the consultation below.

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