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 allow housebuilders to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
A copy of the HQM standard is now available online. This first beta version has evolved from a technical consultation carried out last year with additional input from a wide variety of stakeholders at over 50 national events including private and social housing developers, professional bodies, the financial sector, designers, consultants and also most importantly consumers themselves.
While it is a fully functioning scheme, house building industry as well as buyers and users of new homes are being encouraged to provide feedback on their in-use experiences, which will be used to inform the next version of the standard.
HQM assessment registrations are now open in England (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow) and can be registered through a licensed HQM assessor. HQM registrations are free for the first six months of the scheme’s operation.
To register a project, you need a licensed HQM assessor – details of which can be found on GreenBookLive. There are now over 50 licensed assessors with more training and qualifying each week. The assessor will take you through the registration process and start the process of carrying out the assessment on your project.
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