Are the planned new home standards fit for purpose?

New homes built to the proposed Future Homes Standard should reduce carbon emissions by 75-80% compared with those built to current requirements. So why do some built environment professionals think the proposals are a step in the wrong direction?

When the government launched a consultation on proposed reforms of Part L and F of the Building Regulations last year, it expected that it might receive as many as 1,000 submissions. A similar consultation on proposed changes to building regulations, launched in 2013, saw submissions number into the hundreds, according to one industry source. However, when the consultation period ended in February, more than 4,000 submissions were filed, reports say.

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