Watchdog Test House is based at BRE

The Prince’s Natural House on the BRE Innovation Park at Watford was home to BBC1’s Watchdog Test House over three weeks in March. This is covered in more detail on our page at

Channel 4: Britain’s Most Extreme Weather

The effect gale force winds can have around the home was filmed in BRE’s high speed wind tunnel for the first programme in this Channel 4 series presented by Alex Beresford. See the whole programme via the 4oD website, and learn more about ourwind environment testing services from this website.

“We live in a power station”, The Sunday Times

Sarah Lonsdale writes “…Meanwhile, on a windswept patch of parkland just north of Watford, an extraordinary-looking house with a long, sloping, transparent orange roof…” – describing the integrated PV array on the BRE Smart Home, in this piece in The Sunday TImes (subscription required)

BBC Watchdog Test House – series 2

BBC Watchdog Test House returned to film a second series of the daytime BBC1 show earlier this year, and the 15-part series, which goes out at 11.45am each weekday until 20 March is back on our screens and the BBC iPlayer now. See the Watchdog Test House dedicated page.

BBC Countryfile featured the BRE Flood Reseilient Repair House

Countryfile’s special reporter, Tom Heap, reported from the Flood Reseilient Repair Home on the BRE Innovation Park at Watford. Aided by Green Watch from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue’s nearby Garston fire station, the home was flooded with several thousand litres of water… and yet, just hours later, was dry and ready to move back into. … Continue reading “BBC Countryfile featured the BRE Flood Reseilient Repair House”

RHS joins The Biophilic Office as a dissemination partner

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), one of the world’s largest gardening charities, has joined The Biophilic Office project as the latest dissemination partner. Founded in 1804 to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture, the RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more … Continue reading “RHS joins The Biophilic Office as a dissemination partner”

BRE lithium battery fire tests feature on BBC TV news and websites

A BBC news story about the dangers of faulty lithium batteries being carried onto aeroplanes features tests carried out in BRE’s fire research labs. BRE was approached by the BBC’s transport correspondent, Richard Westcott, who asked us to demonstrate how fires can develop in rechargeable lithium batteries. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is concerned about … Continue reading “BRE lithium battery fire tests feature on BBC TV news and websites”