Recently the government announced a new standard for all housing in the UK, which should bring vast changes to home building across the country.
At the moment all housing in the UK contributes more than a fifth of all greenhouse emissions, and so tackling this is a priority for a government which is looking to reduce all emissions to net zero by 2050.
The recent standard is a step towards making sure that all new properties that are being built will be in line with the Governmental design manual, the first time one has ever been produced. This is assisted by an overall revamp of then planning rules to create a simpler and more effective system.
In line with a raft of other guidelines the Future Homes Standards also stipulates that outdated heating systems which are highly polluting such as gas boilers will be completely banned from all new homes by 2025. These will be replaced by a new generation of technology inherently designed to be more economical such as solar panels and air source heat pumps.
The new plan to overhaul the planning system in the UK will also be implemented in order to create a simpler and fairer system which works for everyone. In order to create this plan Ministers are consulting with everyone from large scale developers to individual homeowners.
Along with ensuring that the new property in the UK is reduced emission the new standard also sets out to preserve the diverse and unique architecture and landscapes that define the UK. Every authority across the country is expected to produce their own design guide foe their county, reflecting setting, character and history, while meeting the Future Homes Standard.
‘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,’ said Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
‘That’s why I am requiring carbon emissions are cut by up to 80% from 2025 for all new homes and have published a National Design Guide, setting out simply what we expect from new development,’ he explained.
‘We are also 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,’ he added.