Last reviewed 21 January 2021

All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced.

Responding to a consultation on the Future Homes Standard, Housing Minister Chris Pincher has set out plans to radically improve the energy performance of new homes, with all homes to be highly energy efficient, with low carbon heating and be zero carbon ready by 2025.

These homes are expected to produce 75–80% lower carbon emissions compared to current levels.

To ensure industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2021.

The plans also include a new requirement for additional ventilation and indoor air quality monitoring in high-risk non-domestic buildings such as offices and gyms, reducing the risk of any potential infections being spread indoors.

In addition, a new overheating mitigation requirement will be introduced through the Building Regulations.

There will be stringent transitional arrangements in place to provide all developers with certainty about the standards they are building, Mr Pincher explained. These will last for one year and apply to individual homes, rather than an entire development.

The Future Homes Standard: Summary of Responses, and Government Response was the first part of a two-part consultation on Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations.

Additionally, new plans to make all other buildings, including existing homes, more energy efficient have been published as part of the Future Buildings Standard consultation.

Available at GOV.UK, and open for comments until 13 April 2021, this is the second part of the two-part consultation.

It proposes new energy and ventilation standards for new and existing non-domestic buildings and existing domestic buildings, as well as addressing overheating in residential buildings.