There are often additional demands placed on a development, recipe usually in order to improve the future sustainability for the benefit of future generations.
However, the various certification schemes can be very complicated and therefor it is vital not to leave them until late in their development.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is an assessment and rating system for buildings. It is one of the most recognised and comprehensive of measuring a building’s environmental performance and facilitates positive environmental considerations during build – focusing on impact and efficiency with specific relation to water, energy, health and wellbeing pollution, materials, waste and ecology.
Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the new national mark, replacing the Code for Sustainable Homes and which helps builders demonstrate the quality of their builds. The HQM provides homeowners, buyers and renters with the assurance that their home meets health and wellbeing regulations, environmental impact, performance and quality attributes associated with their home. The HQM provides an assurance of quality and responsibility.
The Code for Sustainable Homes is a national standard for sustainable design and construction of new homes. The code aims to limit the environmental impact of a new build dwelling. It measures a new build house as a whole and promotes higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set by building regulations. Accredited Assessors measure the new dwellings against nine categories of sustainable design; energy / CO2, water, materials, surface water runoff (flooding and flood prevention), waste, pollution, health and well-being, management and ecology.