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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.

This then gives consumer, clients, financiers and the wider sector the information and reassurance about the homes they live, finance, procure, plan or own.  It provides a solution to a number of the major challenges in housebuilding today.  It could be called the “TripAdvisor for new homes” being a valuable tool in improving the culture around new house building.

The Mark recognises good practice guidance, processes and standards that the industry has to offer, drawing them all together in a way that can be understood by people outside the construction industry.

Ultimately, building high quality new homes that are accepted by communities is the key to delivering the numbers of new homes that the Government has set out.

We are delighted to announce that the HQM ONE technical manuals for new homes are now available for England, Scotland and Wales.  Full details are at http://www.homequalitymark.com/standard 

HQM ONE builds on the beta version of the scheme, which we have operated since early 2016. We have received significant amounts of feedback in a variety of forms from many different people and organisations, all of which should feel proud to have had a hand in its evolution. We are very grateful.

What is new about HQM ONE?

Key areas of difference to the beta version of the scheme include; an amended scoring / star rating system, a strengthening of the scheme’s quality baseline (in terms of design and construction quality), introduction of updated science to keep it in line with other BREEAM schemes, updates in response to feedback from the beta scheme and adaptions to make the scheme usable for developments in Wales and Scotland.

HQM remains a flexible standard, suitable for all types of new homes including: private sale, all types of rental, low-rise, high-rise, urban, rural, traditional construction, modern methods / offsite, built by large or small developers and everything in between.

When can HQM ONE be used?

Registrations for HQM ONE are open from the 24 August 2018. At this point we will also be releasing the supporting tools required to complete an HQM ONE assessment.

More details at www.homequalitymark.com/standard 

 

Gwyn Roberts
About the Author
Homes and Communities Leader, at BRE Global. I lead the team who works on Home Quaility Mark, BREEAM Communities, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and the Code for Sustainable Homes. Ex DCLG civil servant consultant and independent traveller; crossing Africa in a Solar powered Landcruiser in 2009/10. @homeqm and @overlandsun

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