EAL Consult says, “….and finally some joined up writing, yey!”
The amount of times we have been called out to site, commercial ones in our cases to date where, for example, people are suffocating in a prayer room and can’t understand why their super energy efficient glazed show piece is underperforming in such a big way. The astonishment on their faces when our assessor introduced them to the trickle vents and the value of opening them up!
Here is what BRE are doing to introduce us to essential information on our new homes so that we know how they work and can get the best out of them.
Good knowledge and understanding is only effective when it is able to influence the decisions and behaviour of those who occupy and manage the home. This section rewards good processes and solutions which reduce the gap between the designer, constructor, client and householder.
This ensures that the so-called performance gap is minimised and the home is truly capable of “doing what it says on the tin”.
The delivery of high quality homes requires efficient communication between those involved in its procurements to ensure that your homes is built and performs as designed. We will recognise building contracts that:
It is important that building constructors and their workforce have a good understanding of the design decisions and measures we want to see in every home. They also need to understand the risks that can occur through site error and changes. To support building constructors the Home Quality Mark will encourage:
To improve the efficiency of constructing homes it is important to consider the energy and waste associated with the building process. The Home Quality Mark will encourage measures and practices that help improve efficiency such as:
We all expect any new home to be fully functional and to meet our quality expectations from the moment we move in. An important part of ensuring that this is the case is the robust checking and commissioning of all systems within your home. To ensure appropriate commissioning is undertaken, the Home Quality Mark will recognise where:
It is important that any homeowner is familiar with how their home works, what its capabilities are and has an understanding of the surrounding community. Any new home builder should provide the necessary support to meet these expectations from the moment you move in and for the longer term. To support you in your new home the Home Quality Mark will outline means of sharing relevant information, including:
The ability to understand how your home is performing is a valuable tool to empower homeowners in keeping down costs and maximising comfort. Providing accessible tools can help to reduce operational and maintenance costs in your home. The Home Quality Mark will outline measures and systems for your home, including:
Source: BRE – http://homequalitymark.com