The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is a national standard for new homes, which uses a simple 5-star rating to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home's design, construction quality and running costs.

HQM will also show the impact of the home on the occupant's health and wellbeing, as buildings become more airtight, respiratory conditions rise and our population gets older. It will demonstrate the home's environmental footprint and its resilience to flooding and overheating in a changing climate. In addition, HQM will evaluate the digital connectivity and performance of the home as the speed, reliability and connectivity of new technology becomes ever more critical.

The Home Quality Mark will enable housing developers to showcase the quality of their new homes, and identify them as having the added benefits of being likely to need less maintenance, cheaper to run, better located, and more able to cope with the demands of a changing climate.

HQM has been developed by BRE, the UK's leading building science centre, based on years of building standards experience. It is part of the BREEAM family of quality and sustainability standards.

Full technical guidance on how the Home Quality Mark works will be released shortly.

A new national quality mark will give those buying or renting new homes the confidence that they are choosing a well built, cost-effective home that is designed and built to exceed expectations. 

Gwyn Roberts, New Homes and Communities Manager, BRE Global

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