Starting in 2022 – Changes to the Building Regulations come into force
Major changes to Approved Document F come into force, with new homes in England now required to produce around 30% less emissions, along with a host of other guidance and recommended installation specifications
2023 – Technical specification to be consulted by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)
This second consultation will also consider requirements to be enforced regarding existing homes and home renovations, including changes in ventilation requirements as well as stipulations regarding building materials and low carbon heating.
2024 – Necessary legislation to be introduced
Following consultation in 2023, the Government intends to publish the Future Homes and Building Standard (FHS) in 2024. The legislation will be introduced before its implementation in 2025.
2025 – Implementation of the new Future Homes and Building Standard
Once legislation is passed, all new homes built after 2025 will be required to comply with the new standard. Among the requirements, there will be a stipulation that new homes must be “zero carbon ready”. CO2 emissions will be 75-80% lower than those built to current standards.