Net Zero Carbon The UK Government recently announced a new target requiring the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 making it the first major economy to pass such a law. This will be an amendment to the Climate Change Act (2008) which already stipulates an 80% reduction in greenhouse … Continue reading “News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – July 2019”
Understanding this is key to ensuring occupiers are not suffering ill health as a result of poor conditions Where do we spend most of our time? At work? In the car? Most of us spend longer in our own home than anywhere else, and the condition of our homes therefore has an important effect … Continue reading “What’s the condition of your housing stock?”
Care and Repair England BRE’s Helen Garrett was invited to attend a CRE Older People’s Housing Champions Network meeting where she: shared knowledge on the nature and scale of the types of unsuitable housing, with a focus on older home owners and disrepair in their homes explored the prevalence of non-decent homes and the reasons … Continue reading “News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – April 2019”
Now used by 26 different local authorities throughout the UK, BRE’s HSCD targets improvements in housing conditions and helps to improve the standard of public health. Anabel Ramirez Aragon of BRE’s Housing & Health team writes. The Housing Stock Condition Database (HSCD) is the third online tool from the BRE Housing and Health team. The … Continue reading “HSCD – Targeting Improvements in Housing Conditions and Public Health”
North Somerset – Customer Story To address issues in the private rented sector, North Somerset Council recently adopted a ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme. A review of housing conditions was carried out in 2017 to identify problematic areas and potential solutions. This combined the findings from BRE housing stock modelling work (for example on the proportion … Continue reading “News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – January 2019”
ECO3 – Energy Company Obligation BEIS recently published a consultation for the Energy Company Obligation – ECO3, the follow up to ECO2t. The following is a summary of the proposals: The new scheme would start in October 2018 and run to the end of March 2022 (3.5 years) The whole scheme would focus on Affordable … Continue reading “News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – June 2018”
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.”
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.
Gwyn Roberts gives his thoughts on the UK Government’s Housing White Paper.
The Home Quality Mark (HQM), the independently assessed mark of distinction for new homes, has uncovered the true meaning behind consumers’ house purchasing decisions.