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Fossil fuels banned in Future Homes Standard | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Fossil fuels banned in Future Homes Standard

New homes in the UK will not be allowed to use fossil fuel under plans being worked out by the Housing Ministry.

The Future Homes Standard will see polluting fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers banned from new homes by 2025 and replaced with clean technology such as air source heat pumps and solar panels.

View are being sought on how changes to building regulations can drive down the carbon footprint of homes built after 2025 – including changes to the ventilation and efficiency requirements as well as the role of councils in getting the best energy standards from developers. The consultation will run until January 2020.

A further consultation on the Future Homes Standard will follow in the coming months, proposing changes to the energy efficieny standards for non-domestic buildings and for building work to existing homes and non-domestic buildings; and on preventing overheating in buildings.

Ministers will also consult on an overhaul of the planning system, with a green paper to be published next month.

The government has also announced plans for a new national design code – every local authority will be expected to produce its own design guide specifying the local architectural vernacular within the framework of the new national standard.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone – including developers – do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support”.

“That’s why I am reforming the planning system making it faster and more efficient for everyone, from households to large developers, alongside giving families greater freedom to extend their homes to meet their changing needs”.