Home Quality Mark One – Helping Change the Culture in Home Building

Building more high-quality new homes that fit our current and future needs is a national priority. BRE has developed the Home Quality Mark (HQM) to provide developers with the tools and framework to differentiate, prove and communicate the benefits of their homes. The Mark recognises good practice guidance, processes and standards that the industry has … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark One – Helping Change the Culture in Home Building”

High Quality High Density Homes; What we Need or Storing Up Trouble?

In the last budget, the Chancellor continued the Governments drive for greater density of housing because people want to live in urban areas and close to work. With the London Plan (currently under consultation) the Mayor also wants to encourage greater density. There are benefits of high density housing, it is easier to connect to … Continue reading “High Quality High Density Homes; What we Need or Storing Up Trouble?”

Rating a high quality new home; what works best for consumers?

We plan to change the way that HQM rates homes (namely the Stars and Indicators) You can read the details to the planned changes and feedback to the consultation here; http://homequalitymark.com/hqmonesummary The ratings from HQM need to do two key things: • Be clear for consumers to understand • Enable developers to differentiate their homes. … Continue reading “Rating a high quality new home; what works best for consumers?”

A summary of the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) Practical Guide on Health in Garden Cities – Guide 8

The notion of Garden Towns/ Villages has received more momentum in the recent years in response to the UK’s housing shortage. As the first Garden Villages begin to take shape with the Government’s support, many are concerned that in creating these new places quantity may be prioritised ahead of quality. In response to such concerns … Continue reading “A summary of the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) Practical Guide on Health in Garden Cities – Guide 8”