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.
Sustainability in New Homes: Guidance for Local Authority stakeholders on carbon reduction, overheating and assuring performance
The end of the financial year saw the launch of the Sustainability in New Homes Playbook – v1 to approximately 180 cross sector delegates including housing developers, consultants and local government representatives. The playbook is the output of a UKGBC collaboration and forms a part of their Core Cities Programme intended to catalyse partnerships and … Continue reading “Sustainability in New Homes: Guidance for Local Authority stakeholders on carbon reduction, overheating and assuring performance”
The phase out of the Green Guide to Specification, use of EPD in BREEAM, EN 15804 EPD, and online LCA tools. The Materials section in BREEAM is designed to raise awareness of and encourage sustainable procurement and use of construction products. For many years BREEAM has used the outputs of the BRE Environmental Profiles scheme … Continue reading “Environmental Assessment & EPD – Expanded Horizons”
As a clear commitment to ensuring quality and sustainable outcomes for home occupiers, developers are now registering their newly built homes against the Home Quality Mark.
Gwyn Roberts gives his thoughts on the UK Government’s Housing White Paper.
What is a Healthy Home? Today, UKGBC with support from BRE and Hoare Lea launch a briefing note.
The next version of the Home Quality Mark (HQM) scheme – HQM ONE is now out for consultation. Below are 5 things you need to know about the proposed changes to the scheme: Please visit the consultation website to download the scheme manual and to know how you can provide feedback. Consultation closes on 16th February … Continue reading “5 things you need to know about HQM ONE”
In the last budget, the Chancellor continued the Governments drive for greater density of housing because people want to live in urban areas and close to work. With the London Plan (currently under consultation) the Mayor also wants to encourage greater density. There are benefits of high density housing, it is easier to connect to … Continue reading “High Quality High Density Homes; what we need or storing up trouble?”
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 sector. Most have been supportive in the aims of Home Quality Mark, with firm commitments from many via project registrations, recognition, … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark ONE Consultation – we are listening.”