What does a “Future Homes Standard” home look like?
Low carbon heating systems
The aim is to minimise heating requirements by using more energy-efficient materials but there is a long road ahead before materials are produced that negate the need entirely for heating systems. The “Future Homes Standard” consultation expects homes to include low carbon heating systems which essentially removes the need for gas supply.
Energy-efficient build materials
A detailed fabric specification is set out in the “Future Homes Standard” consultation. The intention is that “every new home should typically have triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss.”
Electric vehicle charging points
Developers will need to understand what type of charging capacity the Independent Connection Providers (ICP) are allowing for within their design and estimating functions, known as their ‘After Diversity Maximum Demand (ADMD)’ which is, in essence, the peak load a distribution network might experience at one point. Accounting for smart charging and an energy management system will be a key factor.
Housing developments long-term supply
We are working with several Independent Network Operators (iDNOs) to make sure our clients fully understand the formal offers they are signing up to; it is so important to minimise any risk on future phases.
Costs from the Clean Growth Grand Challenge
Developers will be asking the question on how much extra will it cost to build a new house or commercial unit. Energy efficiency will play a major role in the design and build of future homes; however, delivery of that efficiency comes at a price. Heat pumps, wastewater heat recovery systems, PV and triple glazing will all come at an additional cost compared to previous standards.