Hot off the press, the Government has announced its response to Part L/F of the Future Homes Standards consultation, which is expected to come into effect later this year.

This shows the Government is keen that the green agenda and our commitment to net zero carbon should not be forgotten against the backdrop of the pandemic and its aim to “build back Britain”.

Whilst the preferred option of seeing interim measures achieve a 31% reduction in whole homes emissions is a tough one, it will be interesting to see what the impact will be on housebuilders in the way they design, build and maintain our future homes, given the target will rely on the installation of low carbon heating systems, photovoltaic panels and other fabric efficiency improvements. 

Although it is important that we all work together to resolve the climate change issue, it begs the question of whether such interim measures are enough or are more radical changes required? Is it fair that housebuilders will inevitably take the financial hit on delivering the changes needed in order to meet our political commitments for net zero carbon?