FEES Energy standard and Flats over Garages

The new FEES energy standard splits residential development into two sections. End of terrace and detached houses on the one hand, and flats and mid-terraced houses on the other. But there is an important type that is ignored. The FOG (Flat Over Garage). This is a very useful type in urban design terms and is currently usually classified as a ‘flat’ since it is usually one storey of accommodation above a garage. If this classification remains then FOG’s will be required to meet a much higher energy standard than is appropriate to the type. FOG’s are essentially bungalows in the air, with a lot of exposed surface area, often including the underside of the ground floor. This is a problem that the BRE/DCLG needs to address in the forthcoming Part L and SAP legislation.

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