About us

We are an innovative group of researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians who share a common goal – to make the built environment better for all.

We generate new knowledge through independent research. This is used to create the products, standards and qualifications that help make sure that buildings, homes and communities are safe, efficient, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to be. Our customers use our expertise, and products and services to deliver their social, environmental and economic goals.

About BRE

We are BRE

BRE has been raising the standards of the built environment since 1921, and in the last few years has grown significantly, through the achievements of our people and the acquisition of businesses with beliefs and goals aligned with our own.

BRE is a profit-for-purpose organisation. Any profits from BRE’s work go to the BRE Trust, which invests in research projects for the public benefit, or are invested in upgrading our research facilities at the BRE Science Park.

Influential but independent and with a heritage of scientific rigour for 100 years,  we will play a key role over the next 100 years, as the world adapts to meet the challenges of climate change.

Our multi-disciplinary teams include leading experts – working in world-class facilities – in virtually every element of the built environment.

We operate internationally, with offices, representatives and partners around the globe, and at our Head Office and major facilities in the UK.

Our long heritage of putting progressive thinking into practice means that our customers and partners, wherever they are in the world, trust us to deliver.

Our services

Our teams offer a huge range of advisory services, conduct innovative research, set and monitor industry standards, develop and deliver professional training courses, and provide independent, third-party certification services. Find out more.

Our products

Our independent research generates the knowledge we use to create a wide range of tools that help construction professionals to deliver better, safer, less costly and more sustainable buildings and infrastructure. Find out more.

Our people

The people working at BRE are our greatest resource. There are around 650 of us and each has an important role to play in our drive for a better built environment. Meet some of us here, and read more about our strategy here.

Our history

We have 100 years’ experience at the leading edge of building research and development, with parts of our organisation dating back even further. Our colourful history includes the building of a 1:50 scale model of the Möhne Dam for Barnes Wallis of bouncing bomb fame. Visitors to our Watford site can still see the model Find out more. 

Call us

If you have any enquiries about BRE or want to speak to one of our experts, please call our friendly customer services people on 0333 321 88 11. Or you can email [email protected], Tweet to @BRE_group, or write to or visit us – click for full contact details and directions.

Join us

We are always looking for people who are personally and professionally committed to making a positive difference to the built environment. BRE offers a very wide range of varied and interesting careers, and exciting opportunities through our graduate and apprenticeship schemes.