Housing for the Future

At Polypipe Building Products, we’re dedicated to redefining the way we envision, construct, and refurbish homes through sustainability, efficiency and innovative systems.

We support our partners in designing and building homes that not only meet the demands of today but also pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.

However, with a constantly changing regulatory landscape, and ambitious government targets, we know that while we are presented with an opportunity to do better, there are challenges, too.

If we are to rise to the challenge, we need to work together. The Polypipe Building Products team is on hand to support you through the changing landscape.

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What is the Future Homes Standard?

The Future Homes Standard is a set of regulations introduced by the UK government. It has been designed to enhance the energy efficiency and sustainability of new homes to reduce carbon emissions and introduce more sustainable practices in the residential sector.

With clear targets for energy performance and emissions reduction, the standard encourages the use of innovative technologies and materials to build homes that are more energy-efficient and have lower carbon impact.

Overall, the Future Homes Standard represents a significant step towards creating greener, more sustainable homes for the future.

What are the key features of the Future Homes Standard?

  • Enhanced energy efficiency: new homes must be constructed to be significantly more energy-efficient, reducing the demand for heating and electricity.
  • Low-carbon heating: new homes will be required to utilise low-carbon heating systems and renewables, rather than fossil fuels.
  • Renewable energy integration: new homes must integrate renewable energy technologies, including solar panels and battery storage, to reduce reliance on the grid.
  • High standards of ventilation: new homes must provide healthy indoor air quality through technology that provides fresh air and improves energy efficiency by recycling heat.
  • Smart technologies and home automation: where possible, smart technology and home automation systems should be installed to allow homeowners to control heating and lighting.
  • Water efficiency: the standard aims to reduce water waste and consumption through water-efficient appliances and fixtures.
  • Sustainability and materials: the use of sustainable materials and practices, such as minimising waste and recycling, to reduce the environmental impact of homes.
  • Adaptability and resilience: homes should be adaptable to future climate changes and resilient to extreme weather conditions.

New homes

must be significantly more energy-efficient


rather than fossil fuels

Sustainable materials

to reduce the environmental impact of homes

How will the Future Homes Standard impact me?

The Future Homes Standard will have a significant impact on housebuilders, developers, designers, and heating services professionals. Here’s how these changes are expected to affect various professionals:

Housebuilders and developers

  • Design and construction changes

Housebuilders will need to adopt new practices to meet the increased insulation and energy efficiency requirements. This includes the integration of new materials, systems, and construction methods to minimise energy waste.

  • Heating system overhaul

Builders must move away from traditional gas boilers to alternative low-carbon solutions like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, or biomass heating, which will require new skills and knowledge.

  • Compliance and certification

Builders will face stricter compliance checks and will need to ensure that all new homes meet the Future Homes Standard specifications. This will involve additional documentation and certification processes to demonstrate compliance.

Specifiers and architects

  • Sustainable design focus

Specifiers and architects need to prioritise sustainability and energy efficiency from the earliest stages of design, considering how to incorporate renewable energy sources and efficient heating systems into their plans.

  • Innovative solutions

Designers will be tasked with specifying innovative heating solutions and exploring emerging technologies and materials to achieve compliance.

Installers and engineers

  • Training and certification

Heating and plumbing installers will need to undergo training to install and maintain new types of heating systems, such as air-source heat pumps and solar thermal units. This may involve gaining new certifications or qualifications.

  • Installation practices

The focus on low-carbon heating solutions will change installation practices. Installers will need to become proficient with new systems that may be more complex than traditional heating solutions.

  • Service offerings

Professionals may need to expand their service offerings to include consultation, installation and maintenance of energy-efficient and renewable heating systems to stay competitive and meet market demands.

Merchants and suppliers

  • Shift in demand

Merchants and suppliers will see a shift in demand towards energy-efficient and low-carbon products, including heating systems, insulation materials, and renewable energy technologies. This may require adjusting inventory and sourcing new products to meet industry needs.

  • Advisory role

As the industry transitions, merchants and suppliers may also find themselves in an advisory role, helping professionals understand the benefits and installation requirements of new products.

Helpful content

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FAQs about the Future Homes Standard

We have answered the most frequently answered questions about the future of heating homes.

When will the Future Homes Standard be introduced?

The Future Homes Standard is set to be made mandatory by the UK government in 2025. The regulations will mark a significant milestone in the construction industry, signalling a commitment to enhancing sustainability and energy efficiency in new homes.

As of now, housebuilders, specifiers, merchants, installers, and other professionals in the construction sector are preparing for the implementation of these standards, which will shape the future of housing in the UK.

Is the Future Homes Standard law?

The Future Homes Standard is set to become law in the UK. The implementation of the Future Homes Standard is planned to be phased in, with the goal for it to be fully in effect by 2025. This means that, from 2025 onwards, all new homes will be required to meet the high specifications for sustainability and energy efficiency set out by the standard.

Is the Future Homes Standard a net-zero standard?

The Future Homes Standard is a key step towards achieving net-zero carbon homes, but it is not in itself a “net-zero” standard. The goal is for new homes built under this standard to have 75-80% lower carbon emissions compared to current levels, based on the 2013 Building Regulations.

What is the Future Homes Standard interim?

The Future Homes Standard interim refers to transitional regulations and guidelines set by the UK government, aimed at bridging the gap between current building standards and the full implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025. These interim measures are designed to incrementally increase the energy efficiency of new homes and decrease their carbon footprint in the lead-up to the full adoption of the Future Homes Standard.

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