With the recent introduction by Government of the Future Homes Standard Consultation, Elmhurst Energy has hosted a timely conference for energy and housing professionals in England and Wales, focussing on the new regulations and the impact of potential changes.
The consultation, which was released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in October and closes in mid January 2020, introduces proposed changes to Part L (fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) in England to help the UK reach its target of net zero greenhouse gas by 2050.
Housing will play a large part in this ambitious aim as homes, both new and existing, account for 20% of emissions. The Government has committed to introducing the Future Homes Standard by 2025 and expects that a home built to the new standard will have 75 to 80% less carbon emissions than one built to the current Part L (2013) standards.
The conference was attended by key industry figures and speakers included Martyn Bridges of Worcester Bosch who looked at what fuels we can expect to see in homes of the future and Max Halliwell of Mitsubishi Electric, who examined the impact of heat pumps on the UK’s housing carbon emissions. Peter Thom, Managing Director of Green Heat Ltd and a long-standing champion of energy efficiency also spoke on his view of the future.
Following Elmhurst sessions on Part L, Part F and Elmhurst’s response to the Future Homes Consultation, the conference concluded with an opportunity for delegates to put questions to all speakers.
“It is essential that we move our homes towards higher energy efficiency standards and Part L and F are long overdue an update,” says Martyn Reed, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy. “Our conferences give delegates a chance to hear insights and expertise on this important consultation, with interesting discussion about the future direction of the new build sector.”
Elmhurst Energy encouraged delegates to respond to the consultation and have their say on this potentially radical change to the Building Regulations.