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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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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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16 Jan 2018

Improving home quality with HQM ONE

Quality housing for our communities is as important as ever. With Government’s pledge to build a million new homes by 2020, a major review of building regulations, a growing skills gap and increasing amounts of homeowners reporting defects[1], we clearly need more homes and...
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15 Jan 2018

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...
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12 Jan 2018

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; The ratings from HQM need to do two key things: Be clear for...
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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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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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