In 2018 we started the process of implementing the BREEAM Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF) into our UK family of schemes (BREEAM, HQM and CEEQUAL).
What is Innovation? Well, for this article I will use a standard definition and say that it refers to incremental and emergent, or radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organisations. The goal of innovation is positive change, to make something better, but striving for that goal also brings with it a level … Continue reading “Managing risk and driving innovation with BREEAM”
Building more high-quality new homes that fit our current and future needs is a national priority. BRE has developed the Home Quality Mark (HQM) to provide developers with the tools and framework to differentiate, prove and communicate the benefits of their homes. This then gives consumer, clients, financiers and the wider sector the information and … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building”
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”
What is a Healthy Home? Today, UKGBC with support from BRE and Hoare Lea launch a briefing note.
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 Home Quality Mark (HQM) aims to make new homes better. Better for our pockets, our wellbeing and our environment. And at the very heart of the HQM scheme is the need to deliver quality homes. Quality Homes are high on the public agenda, but it is not always easy to achieve, particularly when house-building … Continue reading “HQM ONE – setting baselines in a flexible scheme”
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”
…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”
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”