Future Homes Standard – Meeting the fabric first approach

Yesterday the Ministry of Housing set out new energy efficiency standards that all new-build houses will need to meet.

Following the first stage of a two-part consultation on proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations, the government has decided that all new homes must have low carbon heating and be ‘zero carbon ready’ by 2025.

The ‘Future Homes Standard’ sets several performance standards and measures to ensure the delivery of zero-carbon ready homes, including:

  • New homes will not be built with fossil fuel heating, such as a natural gas boiler.
  • New homes will be future-proofed with low carbon heating and high levels of energy efficiency. No further energy efficiency retrofit work will be necessary to enable them to become zero-carbon as the electricity grid continues to decarbonise
  • A 2021 interim uplift in Part L standards will encourage homes that are future-proofed for the longer-term. These homes will be expected to produce 31% less CO2 emissions compared to current standards.
  • A revised package of performance metrics will ensure a fabric first approach is at the heart of all new homes alongside a low carbon heating system.
  • By 2025 new homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions than current levels.

We welcome the fabric first approach, which will push housebuilders to consider alternative build methods to the more traditional cavity masonry, brick and block, block and block and timber-frame construction. Insulated concrete formwork (ICF), including Durisol ICF, is one such alternative material that creates energy-efficient structures.

Using Durisol woodcrete ICF to construct the envelope produces a high thermal mass concrete frame structure. The insulation predominantly on the outside of the unit with the concrete inside maximises the effect of the thermal mass and reduces the need for heating.

Durisol-built homes have high energy efficiency and low heating demands, which will significantly help meet the target of a 75-80% reduction in carbon emissions.

If you’d like to find out more about how Durisol could help you meet the Future Homes Standard, please get in touch.