May 7, 2020
The UK Government recently put forward The Future Homes Standard, which forms part of their wider plan for the UK to become net-zero by 2050. In order to get them on their way to meeting their target, they have proposed significant changes to Approved Documents L (conservation of fuel and power) and F (ventilation), which are likely to become legally enforceable at the end of the year.
As an installer, it is important to be aware of such developments, so we have summarised the key changes that are being proposed for you in this blog. However, the full guidance is available via the link here.
The Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES) was introduced during the Government’s revision of Approved Document L in 2013. However, they are proposing to replace this with a set of minimum standards for fabric performance.
As part of these minimum standards, they are proposing maximum U-values for a number of elements, including external walls, party walls, roof, floors along with windows and doors. What is significant, however, is that this better fabric performance can be ‘offset’ by low-carbon energy provision. This could lead to more new homes and commercial properties utilising low-carbon technologies in place of walls, windows, doors, etc. with low U-values.
Under the new proposals, local authorities are set to be restricted from setting their own higher energy efficiency standards for new homes. This is to remove any confusion for planning authorities and homeowners and suggests that the government will put universal energy efficiency standards in place. If that is true, it could make it easier for glazing installers when deciding which products to use for a specific project.
Ultimately, for glazing installers, it is likely that any windows and doors that are fitted in new and existing domestic and commercial properties will need to attain higher energy standards. There might also be more commercial and domestic properties requiring replacement windows and doors that meet higher energy standards.
The update to Part L in 2013 made building envelopes tighter, meaning a higher likelihood of excess heat becoming trapped, causing properties to overheat. However, this is one of the areas they look set to address as part of the upcoming changes.
As part of The Future Homes Standard, by 2025, the Government is aiming for new homes to produce 75-80% less carbon than current standards. So, we are anticipating further changes to these Building Regulations in the coming years. Here at Dekko, we supply high-quality windows and doors that surpass the minimum standards for energy-efficiency to glazing installers across the UK. For more information on our products & services, give us a call on 0161 406 0055 or contact us online.
This information was correct at the time of publishing. For more information on current and future Building Regulations changes read our latest blog for 2022.
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