The Future Homes Standard (Part L)

(Posted on 26/02/21)

The Future Homes Standard (Part L) It’s been an unusual year to say the least, but we’re extremely grateful for the continued support of our Clients throughout the pandemic.

We wanted to let you know of the latest advisory information in relation to The Future Homes Standard, which includes Part L (conservation of fuel and power). Part L is a building regulation that concerns all existing buildings in England, in addition to new construction builds and projects resulting in the change of use of a dwelling. It sets the standards for the energy performance and carbon emissions of new and existing buildings.

Although it is at “Consultation” stage at the moment, we are being advised that installing gas boilers in new dwellings will be unviable from 2025. Although 2025 seems a long way away, we would suggest that if you are involved in developments of more than 150 homes (which, in normal build speeds, would take about 4 years) or you are planning a development which will be at the point of installing boilers 4 years in the future, the Future Homes Standard will affect your plans.

I have included the link to the page on the website at the bottom of this article for reference, but to draw your attention to a salient point, in 2.19, the consultation document says that this is part of the Prime Minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution and “we will need to move away from heating our homes with fossil fuels in order to meet our net zero target”. It also says that “we intend to set the performance standard of the Future Homes Standard at a level which means that new homes will not be built with fossil fuel heating, such as a natural gas boiler.” At the moment, this is just guidance and the consultation is ongoing, but it is a strong indicator what the regulations will entail.

Therefore, from UCML’s client’s perspective, the introduction of the Part L will mean a review of which method of non-fossil fuel heating will be most appropriate for a particular development. It will also mean that on these developments, electric power requirements will probably increase and, as such, there is a greater likelihood that network reinforcement will need to take place to enable this increase. This network reinforcement will incur a cost, and UCML can help to mitigate this cost with our services. Firstly, we will now be considering this when undertaking our Feasibility Study service. Secondly, with our “Pre-Construction” (Technical) Procurement service, we can unlock significant time and money savings by reviewing the scheme, defining the utility infrastructure requirements, then leading formal engagements with all relevant utility companies. In addition to this, we undertake a competitive tender process for contestable connection work elements, where Independent Connection Providers and Network Operators are approached for alternative costs and design proposals.

UCML is a completely independent consultancy with its Clients priorities at the centre of its activities. It has saved time, money and inconvenience over the past 16 years, during which, thousands of projects have been undertaken.

Get in touch today to discuss how our services can support you as the Future Homes Standard requirements impact on developments in the future.