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BRE responds to the Net Zero Review

This week the Government published the review of net zero targets and policy by former minister Chris Skidmore MP, which BRE fed into. The review is comprehensive, with sensible and ...
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BRE calls on UK government to improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes.

BRE is calling on government to improve consumer awareness of heat pumps, accelerate the roll-out of insulation, and invest to scale-up the heat pump market. New polling from the Building ...
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Breakthrough technology at BRE will show how businesses can reduce costs as flexible energy market booms

The Building Research Establishment (BRE), has announced a collaboration with Power Transition to host a Smart MicroGrid Demonstrator at BRE’s Science Park in Watford ...

Poor housing costs the NHS £1.4bn a year

The BRE report ‘The Cost of Poor Housing in England’ quantifies the cost burden to the NHS that is caused by hazards in poor quality homes in England. 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.

Download the report

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BRE comments on the UK’s Energy Bill

Today’s announcement from Grant Shapps, the Business and Energy Secretary, committing to the government’s Energy Bill is a major step forward in ensuring Britain’s energy security.

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BRE’s research and expertise supports Defra’s indoor air quality report

BRE has provided technical content and expertise on indoor air quality (IAQ) for Defra’s indoor air quality report. People spend a substantial amount of their lives indoors (often 80 to

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How BREEAM can help organisations fulfil EU Taxonomy requirements

The BREEAM Guide to the EU Taxonomy and BREEAM, shows how the BREEAM suite of products can be used by stakeholders to save time in meeting the EU Taxonomy requirements.

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BRE comments on the UK government’s Autumn 2022 budget statement

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announced earlier today, Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), commented: “Today’s announcement by the Chancellor of a new long-term ambition and funding
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Help test the Built Environment Carbon Database

The Built Environment Carbon Databsase is entering the testing phase to make sure that the service is fit for purpose and is aligned with industry practice. We're now calling for

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Help us push for a net zero future and inform the development of the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard

The UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard coalition, which includes BRE, is calling for evidence from UK built environment industry practitioners.

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BRE joins over 900 organisations by signing the Race at Work Charter

BRE has joined over 900 employers in signing up to the Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed by Business in the Community (BITC) for businesses to collectively commit to

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BRE joins Business in the Community to embed its commitment to being a responsible business

BRE has joined Business in the Community (BITC), to embed its commitment to being a responsible business. Formed in 1982, and with His Majesty King Charles III as its Royal

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BRE rebrands its world-leading sustainable infrastructure scheme CEEQUAL to BREEAM Infrastructure

BRE's leading international evidence-based sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure projects, CEEQUAL – is being rebranded to BREEAM Infrastructure.

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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
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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

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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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