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09 Jan 2018

A summary of the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) Practical Guide on Health in Garden Cities – Guide 8

The notion of Garden Towns/ Villages has received more momentum in the recent years in response to the UK’s housing shortage. As the first Garden Villages begin to take shape with the Government’s support, many are concerned that in creating these new places quantity may be...
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05 Jan 2018

Home Quality Mark ONE Consultation – we are listening.

Since the launch of Beta we have engaged with many different HQM stakeholders, including developers, assessors, consultancies designers, consumer groups, representative industry bodies, manufacturers, academics, regulators, planners, agents and various parts of the financial...
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31 Oct 2017

Getting Green Finance and Mortgages right with the Home Quality Mark.

We have a great opportunity in linking finance with the quality and sustainability of how we build homes, this should be maximised so we can deliver positive outcomes for consumers, the financial sector, developers and regulators.  The Home Quality Mark is the tool to do this. ...
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08 Sep 2017

Keeping you dry

Keeping you warm, dry and safe are the basic functions of a home.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen plenty of examples across the world where this basic functionality has not been achieved. 
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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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20 Jul 2017

HQM spotlight – Access and Space

My name is David Maina and I work for BRE as a technical consultant in the Home Quality Mark (HQM) team. The HQM manual address a number of issues for new homes, which have been identified from research, learnings from previous housing stock issues and by engaging with industry....
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30 May 2017

Can building to higher standards help the UK post-BREXIT?

Is there more that we can do to make sure we protect ourselves from the potential risks of Brexit and are able to grow and flourish outside the EU?
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29 Mar 2017

Local Authorities: how to support the delivery of quality, sustainable housing?

UKGBC recently released a green paper proposing a key leadership role for cities and local authorities in the support of the delivery of new homes.
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07 Feb 2017

Housing White Paper; Is diversity the only way to solve the housing crisis?

Gwyn Roberts gives his thoughts on the UK Government's Housing White Paper.
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15 Dec 2016

2016 the year of the Zero Carbon Home? – err well no.

2016 was supposed to be the year that zero carbon happened, but it didn’t quite pan out as hoped says Gwyn Roberts.
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