Energist's Response to AD L 2020
Energist has submitted a detailed response to the Government’s AD L 2020 Consultation which proposes changes to Part L And Part F in England.
The Future Homes Standard is positioning the UK Construction Industry on course for the biggest step-change in energy efficiency requirements since targets were first introduced into the Approved Documents.
We are currently hosting seminars where we will unravel the implications of AD L 2020 and we’re providing SAP10.1 as a service to prepare you for when SAP10.1 goes live.
Ready for the biggest-step change in regulations? We are.
Our top 3 points from the Future Homes Standard
We have summarised the top 3 key points we have taken from the Future Homes Standard.
1. Transitional Arrangements
A small change that will make a massive difference. Moving forward, transitional arrangements may apply to individual buildings, not the complete site. Any dwelling where work isn’t started before the cut-off date will need to be built to AD L 2020. This will mean buildings under the same planning consent and building notice could be built to different versions of AD L. Whilst we believe it’s right to tighten up the transitional arrangements, the consultation is not clear enough on the definition of a building and we suggest an alternative approach for housing schemes, to give developers cost certainty whilst ensuring the objectives of the arrangements are met.
2. The Future Homes Standard
THE FHS sets out a 75%-80% reduction in carbon emissions over AD L 2013 to be achieved by 2025. Whilst this is ambitious and welcomed, we raise concerns over the pace of change, to ensure that firstly, we understand how homes build to AD L 2020 are performing, before moving towards a further uplift in performance. Secondly, whilst regulation drives innovation, the FHS standard is to be achieved through heat pumps systems. This represents a significant step change away from mains gas heating which the supply chain will need to deliver in a relatively short space of time.
3. Three Performance Targets to meet
Not only is the Target Emission Rate being cut by either 20% or 31%, a Target Primary Energy Rate is being introduced, along with an Affordability Target to asses operational running costs. So increased performance standards and new measures to contend with.
Want to be prepared for the SAP changes coming this year?
Energist is offering developers unique analysis of the SAP10.1 and AD L 2020 documents. Using the Government’s own consultation papers and beta software we can report on how your current specification performs against the proposed targets and how it can be refined to reach the expected levels of compliance.
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