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Housing Quality Indicators (HQIs) measure the quality of housing schemes funded by the HCA.

The HQI system is a measurement and assessment tool to evaluate housing schemes on the basis of quality rather than just cost. HQIs incorporate the design standards required of affordable housing providers receiving funding through the National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP) and Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).

What the indicators measure

There are 10 indicators that measure quality. Each indicator contains a series of questions that are completed by the applicant organisation. These indicators are:

  • Location
  • Site - visual impact, layout and landscaping
  • Site - open space
  • Site - routes and movement
  • Unit - size
  • Unit - layout
  • Unit - noise, light, services and adaptability
  • Unit - accessibility within the unit
  • Unit - sustainability
  • External environment - Building for Life

It is important to relate home design to the way in which people wish to live and the context in which their home is placed. For this reason, the indicators look not only at the unit and its design in detail (indicators 5-9), but also the context and surroundings (indicators 1-4 and 10).

For the NAHP, the anticipated HQI scores must be submitted at bid stage and bids are evaluated based on these scores. For the AHP, HQIs will continue to be used to measure the quality of schemes. Sadler Energy will submit the HQI scores via the Investment Management System (IMS), alongside the input of other scheme information.

For both the NAHP, and the AHP, a full HQI assessment is usually required for the Housing Associations and should be undertaken prior to funding being released. Is is used to evaluate, compare and monitor the quality of the housing developed.

Sadler Energy have a vast experience working with both HCA funded developments and work with Developers, Housing Associations and Local Government and understand the full complexity of HQIs.

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