Following the recent publication of the National Planning Policy Framework and an increasing industry focus on housing quality, we are beginning to see local authorities reintroduce requirements for housing standards such as the Home Quality Mark (HQM).
The HQM standard has recently been revamped by the BRE following consultation, now known as the HQM ONE scheme version. The new standard has an increased focus on aligning with industry design and construction stages and it has been kept closely aligned with BREEAM.
As licensed assessors we’re developing forward-thinking HQM strategies with bespoke Pre-Assessments, to ensure early credits are considered.
One of the key changes is to the ratings where the 1-5 star system now increases in half star increments, as shown in the table below. This will allow a high-level comparison between HQM and other standards (i.e. a 3 Star HQM rating will be broadly equivalent to a well designed and built Code Level 3 home).