The Future Buildings Standard Open Consultation – Closes 13 April 2021

This consultation is the second stage of MHCLG’s 2-part consultation on proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations. It builds on the Future Homes Standard consultation by setting out energy and ventilation standards for non-domestic buildings, existing homes and includes proposals to mitigate against overheating in residential buildings.

It also sets out proposals for a Future Buildings Standard, which provides a pathway to highly efficient non-domestic buildings which are zero carbon ready, better for the environment and fit for the future.

Barry Cope, ATTMA Scheme Director, has urged all members of the BCTA to respond to the consultation and consider the impacts of their responses. In a statement to the BCTA members, Mr Cope makes it clear that the responses are important to help shape the future of the construction industry and how energy efficient our buildings will be built for at least the next 5 years.

Mr Cope, who also leads the Building Compliance Testers Association, also warns the BCTA members of the dangers of acting in haste to change calibration parameters and change testing standards. He states “inviting MHCLG to remove the ATTMA standards will not only reduce the quality of testing, but risks creating a two tier market, with some companies quoting to take enough equipment to complete the job accurately and the other quoting to meet a reduced accuracy standard”

inviting MHCLG to remove the ATTMA standards will not only reduce the quality of testing, but risks creating a two tier market

Barry Cope, ATTMA

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 13th April so be sure to respond and let MHCLG know how you feel. Alternatively, please forward your thoughts to the ATTMA Scheme Manager, Barry Cope at manager@attma.org and he will include them in the ATTMA response.

You can either respond online, using the button below, or email FutureBuildingsStandardConsultation@communities.gov.uk.