Passivhaus Affiliate

PHT's position on the Future Home Standard

Thank you to all who responded to the Future Homes Standard consultation, which has now closed (27 March 2024). The Trust believes the FHS proposals do not go far enough and that there should be recognition for an enhanced fabric standard. 

Agar Grove | Image credit: Michel Mersh

Summary of the Trust’s activities

As well as providing draft responses to highlighted questions within the consultation, the Trust has:

Collaborative voice

Signed a collective industry letter and encouraged others to do so.

Call for higher standards

Sent a private letter urging the Government to recognize a higher (voluntary) standard within the FHS from 2025 onwards. In summary, our proposals are: 

1. All-electric new dwellings certified to meet the exacting Passivhaus standard should be deemed to satisfy Approved Documents Part L 1A. 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 (proposed by Alex Rowley MSP and the Scottish Government) – could be recognized as an accepted aspirational option.

Position paper

Published a position paper on Passivhaus as an alternative means of compliance to the FHS can be found here.


Next steps

We shall be inviting everyone to join us online for a Summer debate on our recommendations & positioning. Watch this space! 


Further Information

PHT Position Paper - Passivhaus as an alternative means of compliance to Future Homes Standard - March 2024

Previous PHT story: The Future Homes Standard - 22 February 2024

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

Passivhaus & Building Regulations

27th March 2024

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