12th April 2018
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”
16th January 2018
Quality housing for our communities is as important as ever. With Government’s pledge to build a million new homes by 2020, a major review of building regulations, a growing skills gap and increasing amounts of homeowners reporting defects, we clearly need more homes and these homes need to be fit for purpose; they need to … Continue reading “Improving home quality with HQM ONE”
5th December 2016
The Home Quality Mark and BREEAM Communities are encouraging the use of sustainable transport.
31st October 2017
We have a great opportunity in linking finance with the quality and sustainability of how we build homes, this should be maximised so we can deliver positive outcomes for consumers, the financial sector, developers and regulators. The Home Quality Mark is the tool to do this. 10 years ago the news was full of stories … Continue reading “Getting Green Finance and Mortgages right with the Home Quality Mark.”
21st May 2018
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s policy for local planning practitioners and stakeholders. This includes the way in which local (and neighborhood) plans are developed and applications assessed, and also direction in respect to local policy ambition and requirements for issues such as health, security, climate change, housing etc. Like many … Continue reading “BRE Response to the National Planning Policy Framework Consultation”
29th March 2017
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.
29th January 2018
…and what’s new for HQM ONE. When developers and assessors start using HQM, one of the first things they look at is how their projects are doing in energy. This isn’t surprising seeing as it’s the issue with most credits. And it’s an easily quantifiable aspect of sustainability that can be assigned a cost. As … Continue reading “Making energy calculations more accurate, using HQM”
12th July 2016
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have released their independent analysis of the priorities for the next five years.
21st July 2015
The views of industry and the public on the new Home Quality Mark (HQM), a national quality rating scheme due to begin operating in October this year, are being sought by HQM’s developer, BRE. The Home Quality Mark is an impartial, 5-star quality rating scheme for new-build homes. It has been designed to give householders … Continue reading “Help to shape the Home Quality Mark”
19th August 2016
BRE’s Home Quality Mark (HQM) has won this year’s Green Apple Award in the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage category. HQM was also recognised as this year’s ‘Green Champions’, working alongside one of HQM’s leading supporters Saint Gobain. The awards are presented each year to organisations and individuals who make a positive impact on the … Continue reading “HQM wins Green Apple Award”