Finally the sadly anticipated day has come. The Written Ministerial Statement has been issued, the Housing Standards Review has been formally concluded and we are waving goodbye to The Code for Sustainble Homes. From the date of Royal Assent of the Deregulation Bill (26th March 2015) only legacy cases will be registered with BRE for the Code for Sustainable Homes. The Code for Sustainable Homes will always be remembered for its aspirations, diligence and the never ending frustrations it caused us all. Gone, but not forgotten.
As one leader suffers an invetable demise, so another rises to take its place and so we welcome with open hearts the babe in arms that is the Home Quality Mark (HQM). Untried, untested, as yet unwritten. Still, our hopes turn to this new and volutary standard. This new leader will look for popularity amongst the people to drive forward the better buildings agenda. Only time will tell whether it's star rating system and triple bottom line of cost, wellbeing and footprint will caputre the imagination of the British home buyer. For now though, we'll give it five stars for effort.