Monday, 29 June 2020

Home Quality Mark (HQM) - changing the way of eco living

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) system is for everyone, from construction workers, builders, property sellers to buyers and renters. We are in a world where we like to know exactly what we are getting and why should that be any different when it comes to property? 

Buying a house will be one of the biggest expenditures that you will ever have to pay for, so how much easier would it be to know exactly what you're getting, to have the 'credentials' of the build there, in black and white? This is what HQM is all about. It helps builders to demonstrate the quality of their homes and stand proud from the rest. HQM is an independent assessment though and you will need to get this carried out by a certified assessor.

Obviously to get the best from HQM you will need to make sure that you have something of quality to show. ATSPACE will be able to help you along this route. Take their advice and run with it. Make sure that your build stands proud; this is a chance to get the best from your project in every respect. It will be worth the time and effort, trust me.

Since 2007 the Code for Sustainable Homes has been around to measure sustainability but it is being withdrawn. You may assume that HQM is not about sustainability but that it exists to 'just show off' the quality of a build, but that's where your wrong. The quality of a build is partially measured by how sustainable it is, which will include things such as Air tes
ting, SAP testing, Sound testing etc. This is why, as a builder, it is essential that you maintain high standards throughout your project. You have a chance here to show off the quality of your work, to ensure your build stands tall and to make sure that your working reputation is also one of which to be proud. As I have said before, you're only as good as your last build!

HQM will help those people who are looking at buying and also those who are looking to rent. You will be able to see, on paper, if your home (current or soon to be current) is future ready. You will know what the performance is like, you will even get an idea of what the running costs will be. HQM is beneficial to both, the builder and the buyer. This is, I believe something that should be embraced and that can be used to everyone's advantage. 

This will, no doubt, increase the competition for sustainable homes, which can't be a bad thing. With the 2050 deadline looming in the distance it is better to be forward thinking now, to ensure that the
se targets are being met and to have proof of that. The world is a forever changing place and this has been proven more recently than ever before. We need to be able to move with the times, support each other and ensure that we protect our environment while we do so. Essentially, we need to be able to live in harmony with our environment without compromising our standard of living. HQM, is a positive step towards sustainable living; the more people who use this, the more demand there will be. 

If you would like more information then go to where you will find everything you need to know..... Good luck!

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