Tools

BRE’s range of online tools have been designed to help you with a number of the health and sustainability challenges faced by today’s building industry professionals.

LINA – your route to Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

BRE LINA is an online life cycle assessment (LCA) tool that gives product manufacturers access to LCA data and a route to EPD. Manufacturers must be increasingly transparent about the environmental impacts of their products. EPDs based on data from LCAs provide a way of doing this, but obtaining LCA data can be difficult and costly.

BRE LINA enables companies or trade associations to produce LCA results which can then be uploaded into a BRE Hub where third-party verified EPDs can be produced.

The benefits are not limited to EPD – for example the outputs of LINA can complement an existing Environmental Management System. And in future, environmental impact data will have greater importance in sustainability rating systems such as BREEAM and CEEQUAL, and there will be further opportunities to feed EPD data into Building Information Modelling.

For more information please contact Shamir Ghumra at ghumras@bre.co.uk or call 07738 134454.

Excess Cold Calculator (XCC)

Helping environmental health practitioners and technical officers to assess excess cold in homes.

Information about a home and its occupants is entered into the XCC to provide estimated running costs and information on the adequacy of the heating system.

This informs local authority decisions on remedial actions in enforcement cases, provides BRE endorsed evidence in RPT hearings, and aids discussions with landlords about works required. It also helps with specifying radiator/storage heater sizes, calculating the cost effectiveness of remedial actions and testing improvement plans.

The benefits of XCC are illustrated in these case studies by Bristol City Council:

XCC is available online on a subscription basis. For more information contact us or visit the Excess Cold Calculator Website.

Housing Health Cost Calculator (HHCC)

Quantifying and demonstrating the health-cost benefits of housing improvements.

HHCC calculates the health costs of hazards in homes, and the savings made where these have been addressed. It details the cost savings to the NHS and wider society gained by both enforcement and improvement strategies – and allows these to be authoritatively demonstrated.

HHCC requests information from you to produce a health and safety rating score which is used to enforce minimum housing standards under Housing Act 2004. Your data is stored and can be retrieved at any time free of charge. For subscribers, health cost data is provided for any or all hazards mitigated for a 12 month period.

A number of authorities have used this methodology to carry out retrospective health-cost benefit analyses of hazards mitigated by their intervention, including Bristol, Plymouth, Great Yarmouth, Liverpool and Derby (see case study here).

For more information please visit www.housinghealthcosts.org

Low Impact Sustainability Tool (LIST)

LIST focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of shopfittings – display and shelving equipment in shops.

Shopfittings have important environmental and cost implications, as they are regularly replaced and discarded – usually to landfill. LIST helps shopfitting designers and manufacturers to use more sustainable materials and designs, and retailers to select equipment that will support their sustainability goals.

LIST was developed in partnership with Marks & Spencer, design consultancy Fitch and point of purchase company DisplayPlan. It is based on BRE’s cradle-to-grave environmental profiles methodology, which provides a scientifically-based assessment of all aspects of environmental impact. It is easy to use (with no technical knowledge needed) and can be applied to every form of shopfitting equipment.

For more information please visit www.bre.co.uk/sustainableshopfit