BRE and IWBI deliver improved guidance to streamline joint certification of BREEAM and WELL

BRE and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today released a new, improved briefing paper that outlines how projects may achieve both a certified BREEAM rating and WELL Certification. The updated crosswalk document, Assessing Health and Wellbeing in Buildings – Alignment between BREEAM and the WELL Building StandardTM, was developed as part of a commitment … Continue reading “BRE and IWBI deliver improved guidance to streamline joint certification of BREEAM and WELL”

BRE leads the construction sector’s call for a renewed focus on increasing productivity in 2018

Simon Cross, Director of SiteSmart at BRE and a Member of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), says increasing productivity – now more than ever as we lead up to Brexit – should be the sector’s number one priority in 2018 The economic indicators point to a challenging 2018 for Britain in the lead up to … Continue reading “BRE leads the construction sector’s call for a renewed focus on increasing productivity in 2018”

High Quality High Density Homes; what we need or storing up trouble?

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?”

Rating a high quality new home; what works best for consumers?

  We plan to change the way that HQM rates homes (namely the Stars and Indicators) You can read the details to the planned changes and feedback to the consultation here; http://homequalitymark.com/hqmonesummary The ratings from HQM need to do two key things: Be clear for consumers to understand Enable developers to differentiate their homes. We … Continue reading “Rating a high quality new home; what works best for consumers?”

Being resilient to flooding: an interview with Mike Still

With over three decades of experience around risk management and the impact on insurance, Mike Still – Chair of Business in the Community’s (BITC) Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) understands the real cost of flooding. Mike has plenty of first hand experience with individuals who have had their homes, businesses and entire lives turned upside … Continue reading “Being resilient to flooding: an interview with Mike Still”

A summary of the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) Practical Guide on Health in Garden Cities – Guide 8

The notion of Garden Towns/ Villages has received more momentum in the recent years in response to the UK’s housing shortage. As the first Garden Villages begin to take shape with the Government’s support, many are concerned that in creating these new places quantity may be prioritised ahead of quality. In response to such concerns … Continue reading “A summary of the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) Practical Guide on Health in Garden Cities – Guide 8”

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 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.”