Changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations

This consultation set out the Government plans for the Future Homes Standard to be introduced by 2025. It is the first stage of a two-part consultation about proposed changes to the Building Regulations.

Objectives of the consultation

The UK has set in law a target to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. As part of the journey to 2050 the Government committed to introducing the Future Homes Standard in 2025 and an uplift to energy efficiency standards and requirements in 2020 as a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard. They expect that an average home will have 75- 80% less carbon emissions than one built to current energy efficiency requirements.


The consultation included proposals for revising the Approved Documents for Part L and F to make them easier to navigate and to support efforts to simplify Approved Documents more generally. It set out proposal for changes to transitional arrangements to encourage quicker implementation of the new energy efficiency requirements and also proposed to remove the ability of local planning authorities to set higher energy efficiency standards than those in the Building Regulations.

This consultation closed on 7 February 2020.


Supporting papers

To download documents which supported this consultation, follow the links below.


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