Consultation outcome

The Future Buildings Standard

Applies to England

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Detail of outcome

Government response to the Future Buildings Standard consultation, covering energy efficiency, ventilation and overheating.

The government hosted a public consultation from 18 January 2021 to 13 April 2021 on proposed changes to the Building Regulations. This is the government response to that consultation.

This was the second stage of a 2-part consultation. It built on the Future Homes Standard consultation by setting out energy and ventilation standards for non-domestic buildings, existing homes and includes proposals to mitigate against overheating in residential buildings. It set out proposals for a Future Buildings Standard, which provides a pathway to highly efficient non-domestic buildings which are zero carbon ready, better for the environment and fit for the future.

The interim outcomes of this consultation and the previous one, will now be implemented through a statutory instrument and new approved documents which will deliver an uplift in energy efficiency standards for new homes and buildings, improved ventilation and a requirement to mitigate any overheating in residential buildings.

Supporting documents

Original consultation

Summary

Consultation on 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.

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Consultation description

This consultation is the second stage of our 2-part consultation on proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations. It builds on the Future Homes Standard consultation by setting out energy and ventilation standards for non-domestic buildings, existing homes and includes proposals to mitigate against overheating in residential buildings.

It sets out proposals for a Future Buildings Standard, which provides a pathway to highly efficient non-domestic buildings which are zero carbon ready, better for the environment and fit for the future.

Supporting documents:

Note (21 January) a correction has been made to paragraph 6.7.14 on water treatment and water softening to better reflect the content of the draft Approved Document. We have also updated Question 118 which relates to the paragraph.

Documents

Published 19 January 2021
Last updated 15 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added The Future Buildings Standard: summary of responses, and government response.

  2. A correction has been made to the consultation document to state the proposed minimum U-value of pedestrian doors as 1.4 W/m2K in Tables 3.2 and 3.3. This aligns with the content of the draft Approved Document L2.

  3. A correction has been made to paragraph 6.7.14 on water treatment and water softening to better reflect the content of the draft Approved Document. Question 118 is also updated, which relates to the paragraph.

  4. First published.