Registrations are open - Find a licensed HQM assessor to register your project here!
Following an extensive consultation with leading players in the house building industry BRE’s national quality mark for new housing – the Home Quality Mark (HQM)- is now open for registrations. Designed to transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent and allow house builders to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, the full standard for meeting the mark is now available online.
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 has 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. While it is a fully functioning scheme, industry is being encouraged to provide feedback on their in-use experiences which will be used to inform the next version.
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 coming year.
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 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.