Developed by BRE, the Home Quality Mark (HQM) rates the standard of new homes based on construction quality, design and running costs. This will include an assessment of the comfort provided by the living space, the health and wellbeing benefits and the ability of the home to cope with the changing climate and environmental impact. You can read more about the HQM here.
BRE have recently released details of the first Build to Rent development to achieve certification. Covering 479 homes in the Walthamstow area, it was developed by Legal & General and constructed by Galliford Try Partnership. Achieving the HQM should build a level of trust from landlords and the public in the build quality, running costs and comfort of these homes. They should help to alleviate concerns about fuel poverty and also appeal to anyone concerned about their environmental impact. To find out more about the certification of this development click here.