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22 Aug 2016

Environmental Assessment & EPD – Expanded Horizons

The phase out of the Green Guide to Specification, use of EPD in BREEAM, EN 15804 EPD, and online LCA tools. The Materials section in ‎BREEAM is designed to raise awareness of and encourage sustainable procurement and use of construction products.  For many years BREEAM has used...
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19 Aug 2016

HQM wins Green Apple Award and recognised as ‘Green Champions’

On August 8th the Home Quality Mark team from BRE attended the 2016 Green Apple Awards organised by the Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-profit, non-political, non-activist environment group, dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental...
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19 Jul 2016

#hottestdayoftheyear – temperature in new homes.

Yes, it is that day of the year when there should be a blog about overheating in homes, so here goes.
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13 Jul 2016

Influential group of MPs welcome Home Quality Mark

The Home Quality Mark has been developed to address many of the problems highlighted in the APPG report.
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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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05 Apr 2016

It isn’t just Location Location Location that impacts the value of homes;

High quality sustainable homes are worth the investment according to two recent independent pieces of research.  According to research carried out by housebuilder Redrow, when choosing a home, more than a quarter of those surveyed were willing to pay at least a 6% premium for a...
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04 Apr 2016

Home Improvement: Who, What and Why?

Country cottage, Victorian terrace or modern purpose built apartment, what kind of home do you live in and how does it work for you? Would you like to move to a bigger place or are you improving your current home so that it better suits your lifestyle. We are interested in...
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02 Mar 2016

Workmanship, Quality and the Performance Gap in the Home Quality Mark

Workmanship, Quality and the Performance Gap in the Home Quality Mark Like many sectors, the housebuilding industry has challenges when it comes to workmanship, quality and performance.  In developing the Home Quality Mark (HQM), we have widened the debate around what is meant by...
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20 Jan 2016

What makes a good home?

Following an extensive consultation with leading players in the house building industry, BRE’s national quality mark for new housing, the Home Quality Mark (HQM), is now open for registrations.  HQM is designed to transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent and...
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16 Sep 2015

Home Quality Mark Training

Home Quality Mark Training The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the new national quality mark designed to give people the confidence that the new homes they are choosing to buy or rent are well designed, well built, and cost effective to run. To carry out Home Quality Mark Assessments,...
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