HQM Beta Standard
Following the Beta version, the Home Quality Mark has gone through an update; HQM ONE. For the most up to date standard for quality and sustainable new homes, please refer to the Live HQM ONE Standard.
For information about early consultation activities and the Beta version that has been live from early 2016 until September 2018, please see below.
You can access the beta version of the manual here:
Download the Beta Technical Standard (PDF)
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 beta technical standard, and see the ‘HQM Application’ section (page 2) for information on the types of projects that can use HQM.
Our response to the 2015 summer consultation feedback is available here.
Thank you to all of those who took part.