On Tuesday, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, published the UK Government’s ‘Future Homes Standard’ which included a National Design Guide. The new standard seeks to ‘cut carbon emissions for generations to come’ by up to 80% from 2025 for all new homes with a direct ban on fossil fuel heating systems also from 2025. These systems are to be replaced by the latest generation of clean technology such as ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels amongst others. The Secretary of State’s announcement addressed the Government’s intention to revamp the planning system and also launched the first ever design manual ‘to promote the building of beautiful homes.’
Commenting on this, Russell, one of Ssassy’s Director’s said:
“It is very clear that the house-building sector is generally failing to deliver the beautiful and sustainable new places that people desire, so greater regulation and control has to be welcomed.
However, we can do more and sooner. In 2019, we are already delivering beyond the 2025 standards proposed by the Government with our Springfield Meadows development which has net zero carbon emissions during the construction phase and net-zero energy consumption in use. With what is thought to be the UK’s most sustainable residential project, we are actively helping the country to decarbonise the housing sector, something we are very proud of.”