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”

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?”

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”

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”