What is the Home Quality Mark (HQM)?
To fill the void left by the Code for Sustainable Homes, the BRE is introducing the Home Quality Mark; a voluntary scheme which puts the end user at the heart of the assessment.
The Home Quality Mark will enable housing developers to showcase the quality of their new homes, and identify them as having the added benefits of being likely to need less maintenance, cheaper to run, better located, and more able to cope with the demands of a changing climate.
Issues considered under the new domestic assessment scheme include; building quality, running costs and the local environment.
The Home Quality Mark will be split into three key sections:
Rewarding homes that are built to work with their surroundings now and in the future, considering climate change and population growth.
Rewarding homes that provide spaces that are healthy to live in at a fair price. This section offers flexibility between credits to enable the scheme to work across locations, building types, tenures and housing density.
Why Choose the Home Quality Mark for your project?
There are many benefits to having the Home Quality Mark for your homes, including:
- Showcase the quality and sustainability of the new home
- Standout from your competitors
- Give the buyer confidence to invest
- Potential insurance and mortgage interest rate incentives for homebuyers
- Comply with planning conditions in the new Building Regulations
Home Quality Mark - How can SES help you?
SES will be providing a range of Home Quality Mark services from initial advice to full assessment, suited to the individual requirements of each individual project.
SES are qualified to undertake Home Quality Mark assessments, the BRE’s latest sustainability standard for domestic buildings.