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Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

Retrofitting our building stock is an immediate and cost effective solution to the energy price crisis

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), commented on the Chancellor’s fiscal statement made on 23 September 2022. “We were disappointed to see that today’s mini-budget contained no ...
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BRE’s BIM certification scheme amongst the first to achieve UKAS accreditation

Building Research Establishment (BRE), the world-leading building science centre, has today announced that its “ISO 19650-2:2018 Information Management Certification for Businesses using BIM” scheme, which is used by organisations across the ...
Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), comments on today’s leadership election result

“The new UK Government must ramp up its action on climate change – and central to this should be driving a green transition in the built environment. We were pleased ...

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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Insulate our buildings and switch to renewables, says BRE’s CEO Gillian Charlesworth

"Insulating our buildings is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent energy bills from spiralling further and ensuring households and businesses see immediate savings year-on-year" says Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of

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The Security Institute becomes the new scheme operator for SABRE, as part of new plans announced by BRE

Building Research Establishment (BRE), the world-leading building science centre, has today announced it will be entering into a partnership with The Security Institute.

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BRE urges Conservative leadership to reaffirm commitment to net zero

Our CEO Gillian Charlesworth has written an open letter to the Conservative leadership candidates and urged them not to abandon the nation's net zero commitments.
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Over 4.6 million English bedrooms experience overheating during summer.

As the UK and much of Europe experiences a record-breaking heatwave, we're revisiting the most recent study on Summertime overheating. We worked with academics at Loughborough University on the largest
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Latest housing data finds that 1.9 million households affected by overheating

New housing data in the English Housing Survey shows that in 2020-21, 1.9 million (8%) households reported that at least one part of their home got uncomfortably hot. Almost 100%

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BRE comments on the Chancellor’s energy support package

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO at BRE comments on the announcement of the Chancellor's energy support package in response to the energy crisis.

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As energy bills rise, how can we tackle fuel poverty in the UK? 

As energy bills continue to rise, the latest fuel poverty data, which we produced for the UK Government, reveals the household groups who are most at risk.

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

BRE announces a pilot scheme in partnership with regional residential developer, Croudace Homes, to evaluate the environmental and societal impact of homes.

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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.

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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

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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