The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the BRE’s voluntary standard for assessing the quality and sustainability of new dwellings. Blewburton’s consultants took part in the BRE’s first training course for this new standard back in 2015. Since then we have modelled real life scenarios, reviewed the requirements with a range of clients and carried out extensive analysis, providing feedback on our findings to BRE via their multiple consultations. Some of our main concerns initially included the drop in the rating achieved from Code for Sustainable Homes and how this would be perceived, the jump in credits from a 3-star to a 4-star rating and the difference in performance between rural and urban developments. Following the consultations, the standard has now evolved to its current form, HQM ONE an updated and improved scheme which was launched in August 2018.
HQM offers dwellings an overall star rating and also scores in 3 sections, allowing potential buyers to better understand the dwelling and their investment:
- My Cost – providing an indication of the overall cost of living in the home.
- My Wellbeing – providing an indication of how the home will affect the occupier’s health and wellbeing.
- My Footprint – providing an indication of how the home will affect the environment both during its construction and when it is being used.
Why assess your dwellings against the Home Quality Mark?
- It’s a marketing tool for new dwellings, giving developers the tools to demonstrate the quality and added benefits of their new homes.
- It will give buyers an insight into quality of life as well as environmental impact.
- It assesses local services as well as the home itself.
- Green mortgages may start to recognise the scheme in the future – we are already seeing banks acknowledging new energy efficient homes.
- The 3 sections allowing teams to utilise their strong points and focus on what is important to their customers.
- Unlike BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes there is no weighting of credits meaning calculating scores is more transparent
- Your team will already have many of the procedures in place to gain credits, so why not get recognition for that
Read more information on the HQM.