The government has unveiled a new green standard for new build homes as it seeks to “bring an environmental revolution” to home building.
The Future Homes Standard, unveiled by Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, on 1 October will lead to fossil fuel heating systems – including gas boilers – being banned from new homes by 2025. They will be replaced with the latest generation of clean technology, such as air source heat pumps and solar panels. Furthermore, ministers are set to consult on a new blueprint to overhaul the planning system, ensuring it “works for everyone”, with an accelerated green planning paper to be published in November 2019.
Plans were also announced for a new national design code that will ensure developers build “beautiful, well designed” homes. Every local authority will be expected to produce their own guide in the coming months reflecting the unique aspects of their area, while also adhering to the national standard.
Housing Secretary, Jenrick said: “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.”