The Beta version of BRE’s Home Quality Mark was launched back in 2015. Since then BRE have been collating feedback and this has all be taken on board in the new updated version Home Quality Mark One.
Climate Integrated Solutions qualified Home Quality Mark assessor has now responded to the consultation and we would recommend anyone involved in the construction of new homes to do the same. Visit http://homequalitymark.com/hqmoneconsultation to review the documents and respond before 9th February 2018.
Some of our key observations are:
- We welcome the reduced gap between the 3 and 4 star ratings – previously 4 stars felt out of reach.
- Minimum standards have been introduced, we realise this adds value and meaning to the standard we are hopefully that the minimum standards proposed by BRE are achievable for all developments.
- The shift from 1-5 Star ratings to 3-5 Star (with half points included) is very much welcome and removes the risk of a 1 Star home being perceived as poorly performing when in fact is it above Building Regulations standards.
- We have previously observed a divide between rural and urban developments, with the rural developments often scoring between 20 and 40 credits less. Some of these areas appear to have been addressed and whilst we haven’t fully assessed this yet CIS are hopefully that the gap will be narrowed.
- A greater focus has been placed on ensuring quality of build, including occupant involvement.
If you are interesting in assessing a development under the Home Quality Mark or would just like to find out more contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3828 1340.