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13 Feb 2018

HQM ONE – setting baselines in a flexible scheme

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) aims to make new homes better. Better for our pockets, our wellbeing and our environment. And at the very heart of the HQM scheme is the need to deliver quality homes. Quality Homes are high on the public agenda, but it is not always easy to achieve,...
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13 Feb 2018

Say Hello to Norway Green Building Council!

Say Hello to the Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC)! The first of our monthly featured National Scheme Operators (NSOs). NSOs operate adapted, country-specific BREEAM schemes under licence from BRE Global Ltd. These organisations are selected to provide local knowledge,...
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05 Feb 2018

5 things you need to know about HQM ONE

The next version of the Home Quality Mark (HQM) scheme – HQM ONE is now out for consultation. Below are 5 things you need to know about the proposed changes to the scheme: Please visit the consultation website to download the scheme manual and to know how you can provide...
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29 Jan 2018

Making energy calculations more accurate, using HQM

…and what’s new for HQM ONE. 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...
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18 Oct 2017

BREEAM at EMEX 2017

Please join me, Andy Lewry, at EMEX 2017 at the ExCEl in London to discuss: “Mind the Gap” – The difference in performance between design and the building “in-use” Time: 14:40 – 15:10 Date: Day 2 – 23rd November 2017 Theatre: Water and Energy Strategy I am chairing an...
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30 Jun 2017

Multi-purpose KODA arrives on the BRE Innovation Park

Award-winning Estonian developer Kodasema is launching its revolutionary KODA house to the UK on the BRE Innovation Park. KODA aims to shake up the UK and international property markets by providing a multi-purpose self-build structure that can be used as a city centre home, a...
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27 Feb 2017

How “green” mortgages could drive energy efficiency in both new and existing homes

A better representation of home energy costs in our mortgage ‘affordability’ calculations looks like it might be closer to reality than ever before. This means the calculations undertaken to assess what borrowers can afford to repay each month, and therefore the total amount they...
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16 Jan 2017

Heat metering

Heating accounts for nearly half of final energy consumption in the UK (48% in 2013) and 78% of non-transport energy use (DECC, 2013). Heat is a utility, like water, gas, and electricity.  Communal or district heating systems are becoming more common and these involve the...
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30 Nov 2016

BRE supporting strategic heating plans for local & national authorities

BRE co-funds Stratego project which introduces integrated approach across Europe while providing local and national authorities with actionable heating strategies and plans BRE’s strategic energy team, together with the Scottish Government, the Flemish Institute for Technological...
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12 Jul 2016

Climate change risks and how HQM can help

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have released their independent analysis of the priorities for the next five years.
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