A group of architects focused on fighting climate change has warned that government proposals for changes to Building Regulations would have potentially disastrous implications for carbon-reduction if they are implemented. The Architects Climate Action Network says changes to Part L and Part F of the regulations – which would take effect this year and lay the ground for the 2025 Future Homes Standard – would not put the construction sector on the right trajectory to tackle the climate crisis. Boasting the support of Marks Barfield director Julia Barfield and dRMM founder Alex de Rijke, the group is calling on architects to respond to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consultation, and sign an open letter expressing profession-wide concern. A particular area of concern are proposals to change the metrics for measuring energy consumption, which LETI said would “disguise poor fabric efficiency” through over-reliance on a decarbonised grid. “Under the proposed regulations, new homes may end up using more energy than those built to 2013 regulations,” it said.
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