Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the new national certification scheme for new dwellings.
It is a voluntary scheme and a more end-user friendly certification process than the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and will greatly enhance the chance of successful planning submissions.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states “Development which is sustainable can be approved without delay”. An HQM pre-assessment enhances and supports planning application submissions by demonstrating the sustainable credentials of proposed schemes.
HQM does recognise and encourage the adoption of the proposed “Housing Standards Review” that is being undertaken by Government and is expected to be incorporated into the Building Regulations.
Building to the HQM, rather than building homes only within the minimum standards required by Building Regulations, provides developers with a clear market differentiation for their products.
HQM is a performance focus design and construction assessment. It measures the environmental impact of new developments taking into account issues such as: Embodied energy; Direct and indirect operational CO2 emissions; Resource efficiency and occupiers Health & Wellbeing.