Last edited 19 Oct 2020

Green housing revolution

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[edit] Introduction

On 1 October 2019, the government unveiled what it hailed as an environmental revolution in home building; a green standard to cut carbon emissions by up to 80% for all new homes from 2025.

Unveiled by Housing Secretary the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, the Future Homes Standard will see gas boilers and other fossil-fuel heating systems banned from new homes by 2025. Their place will be taken by clean technology such as solar panels and air-source heat pumps.

Other developments allied to the announcement include:

The government also shifted part of the onus onto local authorities who are expected to produce their own design guides reflecting local geography, history and character.

In brief, the government’s green housing revolution includes:

[edit] Future Homes Standard

The launch of an open consultation on how Parts F and L of the building regulations can be upgraded to increase energy efficiency in new homes built after 2025. This will pave the way for the Future Homes Standard.

[edit] Accelerated planning green paper

Proposals to speed-up the planning system include:

[edit] Design quality

[edit] Pocket parks

More funding has been promised for more pocket parks, transforming derelict urban areas into vibrant green spaces. These areas can accommodate activities such as children’s play areas, vegetable patches and community events. The parks are seen as furthering the government’s intent to ensure communities are given a greater sense of place and identity.

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[edit] Reaction

Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive of BRE Group said: "We share Government’s ambition to increase the supply of green, environmentally friendly homes that people want in their local communities. With the impacts of climate change already disrupting people’s homelife, through flooding and overheating, we must take every opportunity to ensure new homes have as little impact upon our climate whilst also addressing societies changing needs." Ref BRE response to the green housing revolution.

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