The current version of the scheme, HQM Beta England has been operating since December 2015. In this time we've received some really useful feedback from our stakeholders and early adopters of the scheme. Thank you all so far who have contributed.
We have been listening and over the past 10 months, the HQM team have been updating the English version of the scheme to address this feedback and to bring it to Scotland and Wales as well.
Public consultation starts in December 2017 and we'd really like your feedback!
Want to get involved? There are two ways:
You can access the beta version of the manual here:
Note: This is the 2016 August re-release version of the beta standard, which addresses some early spelling and formatting issues. The technical content is the same as the original beta version release and has been updated for clarity.
This first HQM beta version evolved from a technical consultation carried out during 2015 with additional input from a wide variety of stakeholders at over 50 national events including; private and social housing developers, representative organisations, professional bodies, financial sector, legal sector, designers, consultants and also consumers.
We are very grateful for all support that we have had so far in the development of the HQM, there is already significant knowledge of the scheme which we will build upon over the future.
HQM assessment registrations are now open in England (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow) and can be registered through a licensed HQM assessor. Licensed HQM assessors can be found on www.greenbooklive.com
HQM beta takes a balanced scorecard approach and only has one mandatory requirement, which makes it a flexible scheme that can support various types of new home projects. For more information on registering a project, please refer to a licensed HQM assessor or download the technical standard, below and see the 'HQM Application' section (page 2) for information on the types of projects that can use HQM.
Thank you to all of those who took part.