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4 March 2016

HQM Announces Sponsorship at Ecobuild 2016

March 2016: HQM is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring Day 1 of industry housing conference, Ecobuild, held at London’s Excel between the 8th and 10th March 2016.

The Ecobuild conference is a distillation of what is driving sector growth: what’s new, interesting and inspiring in construction. Growth in the industry over both the short and long terms is looked at closely, whilst provocative, educational and inspirational speakers offer commentary on various topics. The conference embodies the finest practice and thinking in the trade and is the de facto barometer of industry development.

HQM’s Project Leader and BRE New Homes and Communities Team Leader Gwyn Roberts will be in attendance and speaking on a panel entitled ‘Living for Tomorrow: What will Next Generation Housing Look Like, How Will it Perform?’ where he and fellow speakers will be discussing housing standards and the future of the UK housing industry.

The HQM is a recently-launched 5-star rating scheme which contributes to new build homes being up to 50% more energy efficient for consumers. The environmental standard is one of the first Marks to directly benefit consumers by significantly reducing household energy bills and promoting better home design to improve householders’ wellbeing. It focuses on three key drivers; financial, health and environmental and is already being trialled by a cross section of leading housebuilders across the UK including Wienerberger, Zedfactory and Lend Lease.

Talking further about the topic, Mr Roberts explains that “by focusing on the critical issue of how the UK delivers on the housebuilding targets to provide cost-effective, sustainable and healthy homes which offer a good level of quality for homeowners and their surroundings, Ecobuild’s first day is tackling one of the industry’s major challenges head on. The Home Quality Mark has been developed to drive future quality in housebuilding and engage consumers in the cost-effectiveness of energy-efficient sustainable homes, but also the importance of design quality for addressing the performance gap, wellbeing and a home’s contribution to its locality.”

Other seminar topics for Tuesday 8th March include What Makes Good Housing, UK-GBC Leadership Insights: the Future of Sustainable Housing, Street Life - City Growth through Regeneration, What does Design Bring to Housing?, What Makes Housing Fit for the Future and ZEDlife - ZEDpods and the Zero Bills Home.

For further information visit www.homequalitymark.com or www.ecobuild.co.uk

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