EPCs just took one step closer to becoming more stricter
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has responded to the Future Homes Standard Consultation and has now set out plans to ‘radically’ improve the energy performance of new homes.
The response outlines that, under new guidelines, all new homes will have to be built to a highly energy efficient standard with low carbon heating and be zero carbon ready by 2025.
Further, all homes and businesses will have to meet new rigorous energy efficiency standards to help lower energy consumption and bills.
Dwelling performance uplift to target a 31% Carbon saving uplift (highest target of the two consulted options)
New Part L 2012 will be published Dec 2021 with an implementation date of June 2022
Transitional arrangement to apply to individual buildings (not sites). You will need to start work before June 2023 to avoid an individual building being assessed under part L2021
Under the new plans, newbuild homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions compared to current newbuild housing stock. To ensure industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2022.
Standards for existing homes will also be raised, with improvements to the standard of extensions, as well as the standards for repairs and parts to be more efficient, such as windows, heat pumps, cooling systems and fixed lighting.
Interim arrangements will be put in place as the government draws up its permanent plans to move this initiative forward. This will look to deliver certainty to developers and clarify the standards expected to ongoing work. This is expected to last for one year but only applies to individual homes.
Developers will need to start work before June 2023 to avoid an individual building being assessed under Part L 2021. It is expected that the new Part L 2021 will be published in December this year with a billed implementation date of June 2022.
The Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP said, “Improving the energy performance of buildings is vital to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and protecting the environment for future generations to come.
The radical new standards announced today will not only improve energy efficiency of existing homes and other buildings but will also ensure our new homes are fit for the future, by reducing emissions from new homes by at least 75%.
This will help deliver greener homes and buildings, as well as reducing energy bills for hard-working families and businesses.”