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Home Quality Mark (HQM)

Introduced in order to provide a national standard rating for new homes, the HQM is a 5-star rating system which provides information on a buildings design, construction and running costs and is suitable for all types of new homes and rentals.

An initial beta version of The Home Quality Mark (HQM) was piloted in 2016 and has since been superseded by the current version of HQM, HQM One. This update was issued in response to feedback and now takes into account developments in Wales and Scotland. The key areas of difference to the beta version of the scheme include; an amended scoring / star rating system, a strengthening of the scheme’s quality baseline (in terms of design and construction quality) and the introduction of updated science to keep it in line with other BREEAM schemes.

Method are involved in a number of projects using both the beta and new HQM One versions, and our projects range from a small 5 dwelling apartment block, to a large-scale 400+ residential scheme in London. HQM, similarly to BREEAM 2018 requires a lot of action to be taken at RIBA Stage 2, and before planning, once those milestones are passed those credits cannot be achieved retrospectively.

Ensuring an HQM assessor is engaged early on and involving the whole project team in setting the sustainability brief, minimises the chance of those losses and helps bank all the easy wins. Like BREEAM, there are points for undertaking materials life cycle analysis (LCA), and our specialist team can carry out this modelling using eTool.

For more information please feel free to call one of our accredited professionals who will be happy to answer any questions or discuss likely fees for your project.