First development to achieve HQM ONE at design stage

The Cardiff Interchange – a new multi-purpose development in the heart of the Welsh capital containing over 300 homes – has become the first building in the UK to achieve Home Quality Mark ONE (HQM ONE) interim certification at design stage. HQM ONE is BRE’s new benchmarking standard for sustainability and quality and it is … Continue reading “First development to achieve HQM ONE at design stage”

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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”

Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments

Lewisham Homes has partnered with the London Fire Brigade, BRE and the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) to carry out tests to examine how effective residential sprinkler systems are on mobility scooter fires. Steve Kilden, Fire Safety Advisor for Lewisham Homes said: ‘A growing number of residents need to use mobility scooters.  Because of … Continue reading “Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments”

Workmanship, Quality and the Performance Gap in the Home Quality Mark

Workmanship, Quality and the Performance Gap in the Home Quality Mark Like many sectors, the housebuilding industry has challenges when it comes to workmanship, quality and performance.  In developing the Home Quality Mark (HQM), we have widened the debate around what is meant by quality.  A home that can be called one of quality means … Continue reading “Workmanship, Quality and the Performance Gap in the Home Quality Mark”

Indoor and outdoor air pollution – how can Home Quality Mark reduce the number of deaths?

As a new dad, you tend to sit up when headlines talk of 40,000 deaths due to the air we breathe.  The recent report by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is quite stark about all the different pollutants, where they come from and how they can impact … Continue reading “Indoor and outdoor air pollution – how can Home Quality Mark reduce the number of deaths?”

400,000 homes is the tip of the iceberg

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announced the creation of 400,000 homes by the end of the decade. This is hugely welcomed, however is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping the current housing crisis and will still mean we have 40% less homes than required. Government funds must be channelled to create … Continue reading “400,000 homes is the tip of the iceberg”