Happy National Allotment Week!

Happy national allotment week! Growing stuff is good for the soul. With a rapidly growing population, an estimated 90% of our time spent inside, and with increasingly digitalised realities submerging us (you can buy virtual reality head sets in Tesco?!), I think it’s safe to say, we need to get outdoors; look at the trees, swim … Continue reading “Happy National Allotment Week!”

HQM supports the drive for quality in Britain’s new homes

Developed by BRE, one of the world’s leading building science centres, and a range of industry partners, the Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the national quality mark for homes, giving consumers a better choice for a healthier, smarter and more sustainable new home. HQM does this by providing impartial information on a new home’s quality. … Continue reading “HQM supports the drive for quality in Britain’s new homes”

HQM wins Green Apple Award

BRE’s Home Quality Mark (HQM) has won this year’s Green Apple Award in the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage category. HQM was also recognised as this year’s ‘Green Champions’, working alongside one of our leading supporters Saint Gobain. The awards are presented each year to organisations and individuals who make a positive impact on the … Continue reading “HQM wins Green Apple Award”

Home Quality Mark at Ecobuild

The Home Quality Mark is sponsoring Day 1 of the Ecobuild conference programme at London ExCel on March 8th. This will feature a debate at 15.30hrs entitled “Living for Tomorrow: What Will Next Generation Housing Look Like?” featuring Gwyn Roberts of HQM, Colin Usher of John McCall Architects, Pete Halsall of the Good Homes Alliance … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark at Ecobuild”

Free registrations for six months

The beta version of the HQM technical standard was published towards the end of December. This was the culmination of a technical consultation carried out throughout last year with input from a wide variety of stakeholders at over 50 national events including private and social housing developers, professional bodies, the financial sector, designers, consultants and consumers. HQM … Continue reading “Free registrations for six months”

Our response to the Autumn Statement – 400,000 new homes is only the tip of the iceberg

The creation of 400,000 homes by the end of the decade is hugely welcomed, however is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping the current housing crisis and will still mean we have 40% less homes than required. Government funds must be channelled to create quality homes, which are both affordable … Continue reading “Our response to the Autumn Statement – 400,000 new homes is only the tip of the iceberg”