- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 07 Feb 2018
Target fabric energy efficiency rate
Dwelling Fabric Energy Efficiency rates (DFEE) and Target Fabric Energy Efficiency rates (TFEE) were introduced by the 2013 edition of approved document L1A of the building regulations, 'Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings', which came into force on 6 April 2014. The energy performance requirements of the 2013 edition have been strengthened to deliver a 6% carbon dioxide saving across the new homes build mix relative to the 2010 edition.
Dwelling Fabric Energy Efficiency rates and Target Fabric Energy Efficiency rates sit alongside the requirements for Target CO2 Emission Rates (TER) and Dwelling CO2 Emission Rates which were already part of the 2010 edition of the approved document.
The Target Fabric Energy Efficiency rate is the minimum energy performance requirement for a new dwelling approved by the Secretary of State in accordance with regulation 25 of the building regulations. It is expresses as the amount of energy demand in units of kilowatt-hours per square metre of floor area per year (kWh/(m^2.year).
The TFEE is derived from a notional dwelling of the same size and shape as the actual dwelling being constructed. A summary of the Part L 2013 notional dwelling is published in Table 4 of approved document L1A and the full detail is set out in the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP 2012) Appendix R. However, following responses to the consultation on the 2013 changes, a further 15% is permitted to allow some design flexibility.
If the actual dwelling is constructed entirely to the notional dwelling specifications it will meet the fabric energy efficiency targets, however, the notional dwelling is not prescriptive and developers are free to vary the specification, provided that TFEE rate is achieved or bettered.
Before work starts, the builder must calculate the DFEE rate of the dwelling as designed, to demonstrate it is not greater than the TFEE rate. The builder must give this design-based calculation to the Building Control Body (BCB) along with a list of specifications used.
When work is complete, the builder must notify the BCB of the DFEE rate and TFEE rate, and whether the building was constructed in accordance with the list of specifications submitted to the BCB before work started. A list of any changes to the design-stage list of specifications must be given to the BCB.
For a building that contains more than one dwelling (such as a terrace of houses or an apartment block), average rates can be used. An average cannot be calculated across separate multiple buildings on a site.
To guard against poor performance of individual elements, limiting fabric values are retained in Table 2 of approved document L1A and limiting building services efficiencies are set out in the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- 2013 changes to the approved documents for part L of the building regulations.
- Approved document L.
- Approved documents.
- Building control body.
- Building Regulations.
- Dwelling emission rate.
- Limiting fabric parameters.
- Standard assessment procedure.
- Target emission rate.
 External references
This article contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0 ref:
- Approved Document L1A, Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings, 2013.
- DCLG circular New and amended Approved Documents and new Building Services Compliance Guides to support the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations. 3 December 2013.
Featured articles and news
A PQP describes the activities, standards, tools and processes necessary to achieve quality in a project's delivery.
How Lidl has been actively working to reinforce their brand through sustainability.
Association of British Insurers describe full-scale cladding tests as 'utterly inadequate'.
This article examines the changing policy commitments and evolving definitions of the zero carbon home.
Researchers believe they may have created a 'game-changing' new form of concrete using graphene.
Grouting refers to the injection of materials into a soil or rock formation to change its physical characteristics.
Part of Designing Buildings Wiki, BREEAM Wiki will advance knowledge sharing for the BRE family of sustainability tools.
From the decorative to the utilitarian, and from the photographed to the forgotten.
New BRE book considers the progression from project-based knowledge creation to whole-life urban knowledge management.
This CIOB article explores the concept of value in building design and construction.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' release new images of soon-to-open 3WTC tower in New York.
A document can be called a bond or a guarantee. Does the name matter and what is the difference between them?