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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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15 Aug 2017

Happy National Allotment Week! Growing stuff is good for the soul.

Happy national allotment week! 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...
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10 Jul 2017

World first biophilic design research project connects buildings with nature

A live office refurbishment will provide environmental and human data as evidence for positive health and wellbeing impacts on office occupants BRE has launched The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on...
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07 Mar 2017

BRE China: A year on

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, one year on from BRE China’s official launch, the ‘China-UK Green Building Ceremony and Forum 2017’ took place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Beijing.
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23 Feb 2017

CEEQUAL and BREEAM: carbon reduction and other sustainability benefits for infrastructure projects

It has been demonstrated that a focus on reducing carbon will reduce cost for an infrastructure project through saving energy, reducing waste and thinking about how we build.
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19 Jan 2017

Interview: Making a success of health and wellbeing

BRE’s core value is known to all who work for and within the organisation. This being that the health, safety and wellbeing (H&W) of all our staff, suppliers, resident partners and visitors comes before all else. This is one of the very first things everyone learns ab...
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16 Dec 2016

Developing healthy homes and communities does not have to cost extra

There is a common view amongst developers that designing and building for health and wellbeing objectives is more expensive than standard projects and that it doesn’t offer return on investment. I have recently written an article which summarises evidence from a range of...
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05 Dec 2016

Air pollution and traffic jams, are electric bikes the future?

The Home Quality Mark and BREEAM Communities are encouraging the use of sustainable transport.
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