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Croudace's net zero development at Didcot

BRE announces pilot scheme with Croudace Homes to test net zero homes in time for Future Homes Standard

Building Research Establishment (BRE), the world-leading building science centre, has today announced a pilot scheme in partnership with regional residential developer, Croudace Homes, to evaluate the environmental and societal impact ...
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Get involved in the development of the Built Environment Carbon Database

We want your feedback on the Built Enviroment Carbon Database to help the UK  construction industry measure and reduce carbon emissions effectively ...
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BRE joins forces with industry leaders to develop UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard

A cross-industry steering group, representing stakeholders across the built environment, have joined together to develop a standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon ...

Building a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain: BRE’s third roundtable discussion, held in Manchester, on the question “How can Britain’s built environment tackle social exclusion?”

Watch Part 1 of the video from the day, then explore the rest of the Manchester roundtable. Learn more about our Insights series Frameworks to build a better Britain.

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BRE announces new project with BEIS to modernise home energy rating scheme in time for Future Homes Standard

BRE, the world-leading building science centre, has today announced a new project with BEIS to improve and modernise the methodology used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK

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BRE welcomes leading industry expert Eloise Francis as Director of Innovation

BRE has today announced the appointment of Eloise Francis as its new Director of Innovation. In her new role, Eloise will be responsible for driving innovation, research, and technical excellence
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What does the Chancellor’s Spring statement mean for the built environment and net zero?

On Wednesday 23 March, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP issued his 2022 Spring Statement, setting out the state of the UK’s economy amidst rising inflation and a cost

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Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

BRE responds to the UK Government’s Energy Security Strategy

Today’s Energy Security Strategy was a supply-side strategy whereas we are facing an urgent demand-side problem.
Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

BRE responds to Chancellor’s Spring statement

Following the Chancellor's Spring statement, BRE's CEO Gillian Charlesworth commented: "Measures to support households through the cost-of-living crisis are welcome."

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BRE announces winners of BREEAM Awards 2022

BRE announces winners of BREEAM Awards 2022

BRE has revealed the winners of its annual BREEAM Awards, announced at the BREEAM Summit and Awards 2022.

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BRE reduces gender pay gap from 25% to 7.2% in April 2021

BRE reduces gender pay gap from 25% to 7.2% in April 2021

We are committed to achieving a diverse and gender balanced team and eliminating the pay gap between men and women at BRE. The gender pay gap shows the difference in

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Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

How decarbonising the built environment is the key to meeting net zero

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO at BRE The climate change crisis is not just about power plants and car engines: our homes and buildings play a huge role in warming our planet.

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BRE, BAM Nuttall and Attocore set up first 5G network in UK construction

BRE has partnered with BAM Nuttall and Attocore to create a secure, stand-alone 5G network that is being used on a UK construction site for the first time. BAM Nuttall's

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What does the Levelling Up White Paper mean for the built environment and net zero?

Tuesday 2 February 2022 saw the publication of the UK Government’s long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper, setting out its plans to “spread opportunity and prosperity

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BRE research identifies low carbon heating technology innovation opportunities for Scottish Enterprise

BRE research identifies low carbon heating technology innovation opportunities for Scottish Enterprise

Following the Scottish Government’s publication of its Heat in Buildings Strategy, BRE was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise to identify technical innovation opportunities in low carbon heating. Our research identified that

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Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

Why we welcome the Carbon Emissions Buildings bill

The Carbon Emissions Buildings Bill was introduced to parliament by MP Duncan Baker and seeks to require the whole-life carbon emissions of buildings to be reported and to set limits

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Frameworks to build a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain is a BRE series of roundtables and interviews with planners, architects, policy-makers, and construction experts about the future of the built environment.

Read our latest roundtable discussion, hosted in Manchester on the question: How can Britain’s Built Environment Tackle Social Exclusion?

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The Biophilic Office

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – July 2019

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – July 2019

Net Zero Carbon The UK Government recently announced a new target requiring the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions ...
An Ageing Population – Challenges for the built environment

An Ageing Population – Challenges for the built environment

Following a trend across much of the developed world, the population of the UK is growing, and ageing. The UK ...
Circular Building Assessment Prototype

Circular Building Assessment Prototype

A BIM based solution for Resource Productivity - Development, Validation and Trial This article summarises the ongoing technical developments of ...

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