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What are the Future Homes and Building Standards?

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Hugh Franklin

3rd March 2023

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Air Tightness Building Regulations Sustainability

And how will they affect you?

In a move towards a greener and more sustainable future, the UK government is set to introduce the Future Homes and Building Standard in 2025 (FHS). The standard is a strategic response to the pressing need to address greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy efficiency in the housing sector.

From 2025, the FHS will require that CO2 emissions produced by new homes be 75-80% lower than those built to previous standards. Homes will need to be ‘zero carbon ready’ to allow easy transition to a decarbonised electric grid. The concept for this is fairly simple – instead of bringing in multiple different (and flammable!) fuel types – gas for boilers or wood for fires – use one fuel for heating, lighting and appliances. In essence, the Future Homes Standard aims to prioritise simple, effective and scalable routes to Net Zero!

A pivotal shift is the adoption of a ‘fabric first’ approach and the introduction of a refined set of performance metrics. The goal is to prioritise simplicity and effectiveness in the journey towards Net Zero. The “a kilowatt saved is better than a kilowatt generated” adage drives this approach, emphasising the reduction of energy consumption in new builds. Rather than driving a car with the handbrake on, we can reduce the energy input for homes by making new builds less energy hungry – to achieve this, the FHS will prioritise 4 areas for performance assessment:

Primary Energy Target: Establishes targets for overall energy consumption, providing a holistic measure of a building’s energy efficiency.

CO2 Emissions Target: While CO2 emissions remain relevant, this target is part of a broader framework that acknowledges the evolving landscape of energy sources and consumption patterns.

Fabric Energy Efficiency Target: Focuses on the energy efficiency of building materials and construction methods to establish a sustainable foundation.

Minimum Standards for Fabric and Fixed Building Services: Ensures baseline efficiency in building fabric and fixed services.

As time progresses, these metrics will see incremental increases, urging new builds to continuously aim higher as Net Zero deadlines approach.

 

Will the Future Homes Standard be completely different from current building regulations?

 

Yes and no – FHS has been in development since 2019, with “parts” already implemented into existing building practice. The updated 2021 Regulations included new additions to Building Regulations, such as Part O (overheating) and EV Charging, as well as Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (Ventilation) improvements to act as a stepping stone before the rollout of the full FHS.

How can AeroBarrierUK help you with these new regulations?

 

As the industry’s only plug-and-play solution to draughts and air leakage, we can play a crucial role in helping you meet the new FHS in the UK. We will contribute to compliance and enhance the overall sustainability of construction projects by:

Enhancing Energy Efficiency: Sealing the building envelope reduces draughts, leading to increased thermal efficiency and lower running costs. Simply put: reducing draughts = saving money.

Carbon Emission Reductions: Reducing energy usage, AeroBarrierUK reduces the carbon footprint of homes in the UK. By preventing air leaks in the building envelope, the technology contributes to the overall reduction of carbon emissions associated with heating and cooling systems.

Sealing Gaps and Cracks: AeroBarrier is particularly effective in sealing gaps and cracks in the building envelope, areas that can significantly impact energy efficiency. Our system identifies and seals these gaps, creating a more airtight structure to meet or exceed FHS requirements.

Sustainable Construction Practices: Reducing on-site waste, snagging costs and compliance failures, AeroBarrierUK will help meet regulatory requirements and align with the broader goal of creating environmentally friendly and sustainable homes.

Contact AeroBarrierUK today to not only meet current regulations but also exceed Future Homes Standard requirements for a sustainable future.

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