Passivhaus Affiliate

The Future Homes Standard

The Trust believes the proposed Future Homes Standard [FHS] does not go far enough and that there should be recognition for an enhanced fabric standard. 

Below are a few things we have been working on and how you can get involved.


1 - A collaborative voice

PHT has helped develop & signed a joint letter backed by leading organisations in the sustainable construction sector, calling for higher standardsin the next iteration of the FHS. Read the letter & add your organisation's signature.

Read the letter here.


2 - Have your say

Your voice matters, and now is the time to make it heard! We encourage everyone to respond to the FHS & HEM consultation with robust evidence. PHT is responding and we have attached our views on key questions to help you formulate your own responses. Download a table of PHT responses

The consultation closes on 27th March.

Respond to the FHS consultation


3 – PHT calls for higher standards NOW!

The Trust is submitting its own response urging the Government to recognize a higher (voluntary) standard within the FHS from 2025 onwards. This would provide consistency and certainty for those wanting to adopt a higher standard, and will enable a smoother transition to higher standards in the future. In summary, our proposals are:

  1. All-electric new dwellings that have been certified to meet the exacting Passivhaus standard should be deemed to satisfy Approved Documents Part L 1A. This is because the Passivhaus dwellings will achieve better energy efficiency, equivalent CO2 emissions, lower running costs and better comfort conditions than those built to the proposed Future Homes Standard Options 1 & 2.

  2. Local authorities should be allowed to set a higher standard than the Building Regulations within their local plans, should they wish. If there is a desire to minimize variation in standards across the UK, then one of the existing variations currently in force – in London (set by the GLA) or in Scotland (endorsed by the Scottish Labour Party) – could be recognized as an accepted aspirational option.



Further Information

FHS joint letter

Respond to the FHS consultation

Previous PHT story: Written Ministerial Statement - 15 December 2023

Future Homes Hub contender specifications for the FHS - Passivhaus Trust position paper: June 2023

22nd February 2024

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