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HHIC calls for ‘technology agnostic’ Future Homes Standard

Industry body has urged government to avoid banning specific heating technologies from new build homes as deadline approaches for consultation on major buildings reform

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is urging government to be ‘technology agnostic’ when finalising its Future Homes Standard that is currently under consultation.

Government has committed to introduce the new standard in 2025 as a means to future-proof new build homes against stricter decarbonisation targets by mandating use of low carbon heating technologies. A consultation on the strategy is set to close this week.

A major question from industry remains over what role there may be for existing technologies that are currently used in UK homes and what future they may have for new building projects. For example, former Chancellor Philip Hammond has previously pledged to end use of fossil fuel heat in new build properties by 2025 as part of the future Homes Standard. This would effectively ban gas boiler models currently on the market for new homes.

The deadline to provide feedback to the Future Homes Standard consultation and how carbon emissions can be curbed through building design and planning is set for February 7.

HHIC director Stewart Clements said ahead of the deadline that the consultation’s focus on reviewing energy efficiency standards defined under Part L of the Building Regulations was a welcome move to update the existing requirements introduced back in 2012.

He added, “Since then there have been many technological and industry advancements.”

Mr Clements said that the HHIC welcomed more ambitious targets to support a number of technologies including heat pumps as part of a revised approach to low and no carbon heating.

He added, “We would, however, urge government to be technology agnostic in their approach and ensure that no technology is excluded from installation at the point of build or in the future.”

“Homes must be future proofed and have all means of fuel type available to them. Standards must also remain high across the build with no corners cut to balance the books.”

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