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!”
It’s time we make healthy homes the norm
The homes we live in have a significant influence on our health and wellbeing. Despite this, 20 % of housing stock in England does not meet the national Decent Homes Standards according to the 2016 review of housing stock condition. This means that the dwellings fail to achieve basic standards. Including compliance with the statutory minimum … Continue reading “It’s time we make healthy homes the norm”
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”
Making 300,000 New Homes a Year, Happier, Healthier Places to Live.
What is a Healthy Home? Today, UKGBC with support from BRE and Hoare Lea launch a briefing note at a Parliamentary reception to increase the knowledge of what a home that promotes good health and wellbeing is. The design and delivery of a home, and its community are key contributors to the health and wellbeing … Continue reading “Making 300,000 New Homes a Year, Happier, Healthier Places to Live.”
5 Things you need to know about HQM ONE
HQM ONE is LIVE! There are 5 key differences between HQM ONE and HQM Beta:
Making energy calculations more accurate, using HQM
When developers and assessors start using HQM, one of the first things they look at is how their projects are doing in energy. This isn’t surprising seeing as it’s the issue with most credits. And it’s an easily quantifiable aspect of sustainability that can be assigned a cost. As with all the issues in the … Continue reading “Making energy calculations more accurate, using HQM”
Improving Home Quality with HQM ONE
Quality housing for our communities is as important as ever. With Government’s pledge to build a million new homes by 2020, a major review of building regulations, a growing skills gap and increasing amounts of homeowners reporting defects, we clearly need more homes and these homes need to be fit for purpose; they need to … Continue reading “Improving Home Quality with HQM ONE”
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; https://www.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?”