Following many months of in-depth technical assessment and liaison, HQM is delighted to announce that egg Homes’ Viver Green development in Cumbria is formally registered and working towards achieving the national Home Quality Mark. With over 4,000 new homes currently registered for assessment across the country, it will most likely be egg’s inaugural development to first achieve full HQM rated status, with other developments following swiftly after.
The boutique collection of just 22 highly-sustainable four and five bedroom residences is striving to set the benchmark for future home development, and, if successful, would be one of the very first projects to be awarded the coveted Mark of excellence for new build properties.
Featuring energy-saving smart home technology, the egg Homes have been constructed with sustainable low maintenance materials and feature eco-friendly landscaped front and rear gardens. Challenging traditional building techniques, Viver Green is one of the few developments in the UK to be utilising Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the property shells, consisting of high-density polystyrene panels with a solid concrete core. The use of Solar Photovoltaics (SPVs) has also been employed along with battery storage devices and renewable Ecodan air source heat pumps via a partnership with Mitsubishi Electric.
Newly established as a consumer-focused Mark of distinction for new houses based on their quality, cost efficiency and environmental impact, the HQM is the perfect way for home-dwellers to gauge the efficacy and technological maturity of their properties. The Mark is also a useful tool for leading developers keen to differentiate their homes in an independently verified way that consumers can trust.
Developed by the BRE as a symbol of trust for the consumer, the Mark is the one independent label that informs householders about the performance of their home looking at a wide range of criteria including air quality, ventilation, lighting, noise, temperature, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), energy costs, access to transport and local amenities, local and global emissions and the impact of the home’s construction.
Likely benefits of a home with the HQM will be reduced monthly and annual energy payments, less maintenance, cheaper to run, well-located and fully designed to cope with the demands of the ever-changing climate.
Following closely behind the egg Homes development, a handful of other HQM credited projects will soon be available to purchase. Another of the first companies to adopt and support the HQM is Wienerberger, the leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations. Its e4 brick house concept embraces all of the elements of the HQM in its design, planning and construction. The first Wienerberger e4 brick house was launched at the BRE Innovation Park in June 2016 and since then it has generated a strong pipeline of projects.
Similarly ZED Factory, a company specialising in the field of zero-carbon design and development is planning a ‘zero bills’ development in Essex, which will feature homes designed to meet the highest HQM standards. Both the Wienerberger and ZED Factory show homes which are located on the BRE Innovation Park in Watford are in the process of securing HQM certification.
Combining sustainable technologies and eco-friendly measures with luxury living on a large scale, Lumiere Developments is developing The Beacon, the UK’s only multi-dwelling EPC A+ energy neutral, zero emission building. Situated in Hemel Hempstead the development has recently instructed an accreditation firm to embark on the HQM certification process. The Beacon will generate the majority of its own energy independently via SPV panels and Ground Source Heat. The building will be the highest density Solar Farm in the UK with a 10x higher density than normal. Other features of note include some of the highest sound insulation of its kind in the UK, the UK’s largest underground Automated Car Parking System, a roof garden, indoor arboretum, electric car and bike share, hydro systems and residents’ cafe and gym.
Marking a significant step forward for the building and construction industry, the availability of HQM rated homes signals a shift in the way consumers can purchase and rent properties and heralds a new era of future-proof, healthy and environmentally-sensitive living.
Phase two of the egg Homes Viver Green development is now available for sale with prices from £445,950 to in excess of £800,000 for four and five bedroom homes available on plots of between 156sqm and 291sqm.
ZED Factory’s Newport Eco Village is a mixed residential zero carbon sustainable development with housing set around two village greens located on the edge of Newport village. The site will feature 94 homes including cottages, bungalows and detached properties which will be sold on the open market and as affordable and custom build homes. Total build costs depending on site specifics, is circa £1,350-£1,500 per m².
The Beacon will feature 17 storeys and 272 luxury apartments serviced by high-calibre amenities bordering green belt land. Prices from £200,000.
Currently only available in England, Home Quality Mark will soon be operational in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.