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30 May 2019

What’s the condition of your housing stock?

Understanding this is key to ensuring occupiers are not suffering ill health as a result of poor conditions   Where do we spend most of our time? At work? In the car? Most of us spend longer in our own home than anywhere else, and the condition of our homes therefore has an...
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05 Apr 2019

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – April 2019

Care and Repair England BRE’s Helen Garrett was invited to attend a CRE Older People’s Housing Champions Network meeting where she: shared knowledge on the nature and scale of the types of unsuitable housing, with a focus on older home owners and disrepair in their homes explored...
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14 Jan 2019

HSCD – Targeting Improvements in Housing Conditions and Public Health

Now used by 26 different local authorities throughout the UK, BRE’s HSCD targets improvements in housing conditions and helps to improve the standard of public health. Anabel Ramirez Aragon of BRE’s Housing & Health team writes. The Housing Stock Condition...
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08 Jan 2019

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – January 2019

North Somerset – Customer Story To address issues in the private rented sector, North Somerset Council recently adopted a ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme. A review of housing conditions was carried out in 2017 to identify problematic areas and potential solutions. This...
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01 Jun 2018

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – June 2018

ECO3 – Energy Company Obligation BEIS recently published a consultation for the Energy Company Obligation – ECO3, the follow up to ECO2t. The following is a summary of the proposals: The new scheme would start in October 2018 and run to the end of March 2022 (3.5...
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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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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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20 Oct 2016

Home Quality Mark uncovers the drivers behind house purchasing decisions

The Home Quality Mark (HQM), the independently assessed mark of distinction for new homes, has uncovered the true meaning behind consumers’ house purchasing decisions.
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20 May 2016

The full cost of poor housing

Research from BRE reveals the £18.6 billion cost of leaving England’s housing homes unimproved. Although we’ve largely eradicated the diseases associated with the slums of the Victorian era in developed countries like England, there remain a significant number of...
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