The BRE introduces national quality mark for new housing

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced the launch of a new national quality mark for new housing that will give home buyers and renters a clear indication of the quality and performance of a new home.

Using a simple 5-star rating, the Home Quality Mark will illustrate the home’s overall running costs at a time when average energy bills top £1000 and will also show the impact of the home on the occupant’s health and wellbeing as homes become more airtight, respiratory conditions rise and our population gets older.

The new mark will also demonstrate the home’s environmental footprint and its resilience to flooding and overheating in a changing climate. Additionally the mark will evaluate the digital connectivity and performance of the home as our reliance on new technology becomes ever more critical.

Homes built to the mark will be independently evaluated by licensed BRE Global assessors and developments built to standards like Passivhaus and the Code for Sustainable Homes can be credited under the mark where compatible criteria apply.

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