Setting the standard
Are you ready for the Future Homes Standard?
The changes to Part L that were introduced in June 2022 were a good demonstration that the industry is more than capable of being caught napping on legislative change, no matter how far in advance it is forecast or discussed in the trade press.
To be fair to the industry, there were some reasonable excuses for failing to fully appreciate the uplift to U values last year. It takes time to properly develop products and it seemed to be the case that a lot of businesses were still recovering from the chaos of the pandemic and boom in demand for home improvements.
But what happened in 2022 was just a tremor compared to what’s in store for 2025 when the Future Homes Standards come into force.
It is widely anticipated that a U value of 0.8 for new build will be required, which will require a step change in product design over typical 70mm double glazing.
And the changes will, almost inevitably, apply to the replacement market in due course.
The implications are massive; from triple glazing, to 90mm systems, to improved sealing technology and the future of heritage vertical sliders, the industry needs to be fully focused on the outcome of the Future Homes Standard consultation.
For more details on what to expect for the Future Homes Standard, keep your eyes peeled for a special, dedicated supplement, coming soon from Glass Times…