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Will Your Development Need to Meet the Future Homes and Buildings Standards?

Posted on February 1st 2024

The charts below show if your development will have to comply with the Future Homes and Building Standards (FHS). The consultation proposes changes to the definition of commencement and grandfathering. The changes will mean that more developments will be required to comply with the FHS compared to previous regulation updates. The consultation proposes to alter the definition of commencement through …

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Home Energy Model (HEM) – What Does It Mean For You?

Posted on February 1st 2024

HEM, the replacement for SAP, is intended to have more functionality that enables its use in a greater number of applications. In contrast, SAP is primarily used for EPC production using a significant number of standardised inputs. It does this through a move to half-hourly calculations (from monthly) and allowing variation of more inputs values. There are a number of …

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Are You Ready For The New Future Homes Standard?

Posted on February 1st 2024

The rollout of FHS 2025 should not be a major surprise for designers and developers working to already high standards written in adopted or emerging local plans in some boroughs (e.g., London, Cambridgeshire, Berkshire, Central Lincolnshire, south-west areas such as Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset). These local authorities already drive fabric standards beyond Part L requirements and, in most instances, …

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Enhanced Heat Pump Efficiencies Required for Compliance with the Future Homes Standard

Posted on February 1st 2024

A significant proportion of current heat pump systems on the market may not be sufficient to meet the new requirements of the Future Homes Standard, which is currently under consultation. This is due to the heat pump performance assumed in the notional specification for energy assessments, as summarised in the table below: For individual heating systems, the notional heat pump …

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