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How can lower carbon cements and concretes reduce embodied carbon in the built environment?

Higher building standards and renewable electricity generation are also leading to reductions in CO2 emissions from the day-to-day, operational energy used in buildings. However, construction industry stakeholders are increasingly focused ...
BREEAM Version 7 set to embrace new Biodiversity Net Gain legislation

BREEAM Version 7 set to embrace new Biodiversity Net Gain legislation

To preserve biodiversity of land that assets occupy, the UK government is making Biodiversity Net Gain mandatory for all England-based developers during 2024. Discover how BREEAM Version 7 will help ...
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BRE calls for reforms to EPCs to help decarbonise UK homes

Reforming Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to be net zero-ready will speed up the decarbonisation of the UK’s built environment, according to a new report published today by the Building Research ...

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
Antilooppi strengthens entire portfolio with sustainability certifications including BREEAM

Antilooppi strengthens entire portfolio with sustainability certifications including BREEAM

Helsinki-based real estate investment firm Antilooppi has successfully achieved green building certification for its entire property portfolio, marking an important milestone in the Finnish real estate sector.
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Key findings from cross-industry BRE survey on net zero carbon

In June, stakeholders from industries including real estate, construction, manufacturing and the public sector took the opportunity to share their views on the path to Net Zero Carbon (NZC) by
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BRE supports UK government consultation on home energy assessment

BRE supports UK goverment consultation to modernise home energy assessment scheme. A public consultation has been launched to gather views on a wholly updated UK home energy rating system which
Built Environment Carbon Database calls for industry collaboration

Built Environment Carbon Database calls for industry collaboration

In response to the need to address the built environment’s impact on climate change, the Built Environment Carbon Database (BECD) has been developed and is now available. The initiative aims
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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.
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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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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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