During Summer, the BRE Academy launched training on the Home Quality Mark – the new national standard.
- To celebrate this, we thought we’d share 5 things you probably should know about this standard – and why you should think about becoming a HQM assessor.
- HQM gives consumers the peace of mind, to make the smart choice when purchasing or renting a home giving them clear indication on Cost of living in the home, how it will impact their wellbeing and the overall environmental footprint. For developers, HQM allows you to differentiate your products to consumers, financiers, planners and many more
- The scheme uses an overall rating scale of up to 5 stars – to compare homes quickly and easily in terms of their overall performance
- The Mark has three sections; Knowledge Sharing, Our Surroundings and My Home. These each allow for a degree of pre-approval, maximising cost effectiveness whilst encouraging good design and reducing repetition of data collection and entry.
- Areas considered within HQM assessment include: Temperature control (overheating), indoor pollutants, durability of materials, construction quality, post occupancy evaluation, alternative sustainable transport, ecology and flood resilience.
Becoming qualified as one of the first ambassadors for this high profile scheme will give you a competitive edge, allowing you to provide an additional valuable service to organisations and their clients within the growing new home building sector.
Training offered by the BRE Academy is dependent on your existing Code for Sustainable Homes licensed assessor status, as there are 3 separate routes to achieving the HQM qualification.
For more information, and to see which route is best for you, visit the BRE Academy HQM web page and to book your space today.