Future Homes Standard: Up to the job?

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What do changes to energy regulations mean for housebuilders – and does construction have the means to carry out the plans?

Robert Jenrick’s warm words for this year’s Stirling Prize winner, a council housing scheme in Norwich built to the ultra-low emission Passivhaus standard, will have provoked hollow laughter among many in the eco-building community.

If the housing secretary’s own government hadn’t scrapped the Zero Carbon Homes standard in 2015, just a year before it was due to come into force, Goldsmith Street’s eco-credentials would be close to the norm by now rather than an exception. By 2016, under legislation introduced by the previous Labour government, all new homes were meant to be carbon neutral. 

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