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COP 28 to begin in Dubai, highlighting need for immediate climate action

The annual COP conferences are a key platform for world leaders, experts, and organisations to address the climate crisis. This year’s COP 28 takes place as ...
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BRE China Awards 2023 highlight pioneering sustainability initiatives

The 2023 BRE China Awards recently concluded in Shanghai, celebrating exceptional contributions to sustainability through BREEAM ...
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BREEAM Version 7 consultation: Shaping the future of BREEAM

Built environment stakeholders from around the world respond to the BREEAM Version 7 consultation and Net Zero Carbon survey to shape the future of green building standards ...

Poor housing costs the NHS £1.4bn a year

Our findings reveal that 2.6 million homes in England, 11% of the country’s housing stock, are categorised as ‘poor quality’.

According to BRE’s analysis, more than half (£857 million) of this annual NHS treatment bill can be attributed to defects in homes which expose residents to excess cold, while the second biggest cost to the NHS comes from hazards which cause people to fall and injure themselves, often on staircases.

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The cost of poor housing report from BRE
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BRE partners with Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia and Grønn Byggallianse to drive sustainability in Spain and Norway

BRE has partnered with Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia (ITG) and Grønn Byggallianse (NGBC) to deliver BREEAM Infrastructure Foundations training and promote BREEAM Infrastructure in Spain and Norway.
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The power of specification: building a sustainable future with BREEAM

Specification plays a pivotal role in creating a more sustainable built environment. A strategic approach to specification can embed sustainability at the outset of a project. This involves considering the
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Launching the Built Environment Carbon Database

The built environment is responsible for around 38% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, which means the construction industry has a crucial role to play in addressing the climate emergency. Reducing

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BRE responds to reports of UK government’s u-turn on biodiversity net gains

BRE responds to reports that the UK Government is to delay new environmental building guidelines, which are designed to ensure developers leave the natural environment in a measurably improved state

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BRE responds to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s update to UK green policies

BRE has long argued that we urgently require a clear, long-term plan to transition our homes and buildings away from fossil fuel boilers and on to clean heat, and the

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BRE Global signs MoU with Dubai-based fire testing laboratory Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants

BRE Global signs MoU with Dubai-based fire testing laboratory Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants

BRE Global and Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations.
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Environmental Product Declarations for construction products with BRE

The built environment contributes 40% of greenhouse gases globally. In an era defined by growing environmental consciousness, businesses are increasingly recognising the need to adopt sustainable practices to mitigate their

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LPCB Certification and Kingspan

Following BRE’s decision last year to end its commercial relationship with Kingspan, BRE now confirms that all existing Kingspan products that were previously listed on RedBookLive have been recertified. BRE
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NABERS UK to seek new administrator as BRE moves to focus on BREEAM

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and NABERS have today announced that BRE is ending its licence agreement for the energy performance rating tool, NABERS UK, in order to focus on
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Navigating urbanisation: a focus on better standards for indoor air quality

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that outdoor and indoor air pollution contribute to millions of premature deaths annually. As we primarily live within indoor spaces, we become more susceptible

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard public consultation

BRE, in collaboration with the construction and built environment sector, is working to create robust and practical solutions to the global climate crisis.
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Advancing ESG: Driving asset sustainability with BREEAM and GRESB

Hear from Breana Wheeler, US Director of Operations at BREEAM, and Dan Winters, Senior Director of Market Development and Strategic Initiatives at GRESB, as they discuss how the commercial real

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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