HQM technical standard

New, improved and coming to Scotland and Wales.

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:

1) Answer our online survey, we'll keep you posted as soon as this is available. It will be on this page, along with the draft manual.

2) Join our online workshop: This will give an overview of the updated scheme and highlight technical changes to issues that have significantly changed. After the presentation, you will be able to ask questions. Find out more and book here 


Beta version

You can access the beta version of the manual here: 


Download the Beta Technical Standard here (pdf)

HQM manual

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.


2015 Consultation

Our response to the 2015 summer consultation feedback is available here: www.homequalitymark.com/consultation2015 

Thank you to all of those who took part.

Charlie Luxton, Architectural Designer and TV presenter

The general public want high quality sustainable homes – but it is difficult to always understand what this means.  The Home Quality Mark seeks to create a clear framework to help them learn more about their prospective new home and that can only be a good thing.

Hugh Taylor, Head of Housing, Corporate Banking HSBC

We welcome the launch of the Home Quality Mark as independent, third party verification of the quality of new homes provides both property purchasers and funders with support in their decision making. BRE have a wealth of experience in looking at build design and use and we wish them well in establishing the Home Quality Mark as a national standard.

Paula Higgins, CEO, Home Owners Alliance

Home Owners Alliance welcomes the launch of BRE’s Home Quality Mark, the purchase of a home is peoples’ biggest financial commitment.  Independent, verified information provides consumers with reassurance that they are making the right choice.  We look forward to working with the HQM team further in the new year.

Cllr David Mote (Con)

With the first garden city for 100 years being built in his ward Dartford Borough Councillor for Greenhithe, Cllr David Mote (Con) said: I am sure the housing industry will welcome the launch of the Home Quality Mark. High new home standards for developing communities will provide new residents with the reassurance that their homes, including those that will be built the Ebbsfleet Garden Garden City, are constructed to the highest quality. I am sure it will also provide homebuilders with the means to show that they are creating communities that will help enhance both the image of new homes and the government's garden city principles.

Alan Brown, CEO, Cala Homes

Independent benchmarking of new homes is hugely important. For CALA, it provides third party recognition of our commitment to consistently build high quality, sustainable homes. For homeowners, it offers a simple and reliable measure of the energy performance of the property they are buying. We look forward to working with BRE on the new Home Quality Mark.

Oliver Heath TV presenter and Designer

I have been working for years to raise the benefits of healthy homes to the general public, it is great to see BRE’s Home Quality Mark helping to provide further information around the positive impact that homes can make on our health and wellbeing.


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