The future standards initiatives imply action – but fail to provide key detail

ACAN handing Part L petition in to MHCLG

Despite a huge response to its consultations the government has yet to give industry the guidance it needs for a national response to the climate crisis, Seb Laan Lomas and Joe Giddings write

The Future Homes Standard consultation closed with a blast of publicity in February last year, as groups such as the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) and Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) leapt on the month-long extension to the deadline and instigated a huge response from design professionals.

After almost a year, the outcomes were announced last month alongside a swathe of new policy measures: a Future Buildings Standard (FHS) and draft regulation on overheating. As two of the coordinators at ACAN who worked on the campaign, these are some of our takeaways.

Engagement with the FHS consultation was significant. There were 3,310 responses, including a massive 1,450 from “designers, engineers and surveyors”. This level of engagement was hugely inflated by the campaigning efforts of LETI and ACAN.

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