What is it?
The Home Performance Index provides a label for quality sustainable residential development, complementing existing schemes used in the commercial sector such as BREEAM and LEED.
For the developer
- Communicate the quality of your housing to homebuyers
- Demonstrate quality of the development to planning authorities, potentially saving time and cost
- Provide a 3rd party verified sustainability indicator to investment funds and housing associations
- Enable design and construction teams to work more effectively together,setting and achieving quality and sustainability targets
- Add value to your development and investment portfolio
For the homeowner
The Home Performance Index provides home buyers with the assurance that their homes have been designed and constructed with care to ensure low running costs, enhance occupant wellbeing and minimise environmental impact.
How is certification achieved?
The Home Performance Index certification is based on verifiable indicators that are divided into five categories: Environment, Economic, Health and Wellbeing, Quality Assurance and Sustainable Location. It allows several levels of achievement based on good, better and best practice. The award of a certificate is based on the overall attainment across all categories.
The design team is encouraged to work from a very early stage to achieve targets. They provide the evidence requested for each of the indicators. This is then audited for compliance and if successful, certification can be awarded for the level achieved.
How much does certification cost?
The system is designed to encourage good integrated design and achieving the standard should not add to the cost of the development.
The costs for registration and certification are based on the number of units, types of units and complexity of development. The IGBC is currently supporting a limited number of developers and design teams with support of the EPA Green Enterprise programme to complete the certification process at nominal cost over the next year. We are looking for early adopters to adopt the system over the next year and benefit from free consultation and support from the IGBC team.
Ok, we want to find out more about certification, what do we do next?
Visit homeperformanceindex.ie, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01 6815862. IGBC will offer an initial consultation to your design team and will help them to carry out a pre-assessment at no cost. If you are then interested in proceeding to certification we will work with you and your team on achieving the benchmarks within the system.
Home Performance Index is supported by EPA Green Enterprise Programme and has been developed in association with UCD.