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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.

Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

Our response to the Levelling Up White Paper

The UK government published its Levelling Up White Paper. Our CEO, Gillian Charlesworth commented:   "We welcome the White Paper’s intention to improve people’s wellbeing and standards of living by enhancing

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BRE advises on UK Taxonomy

BRE advises on UK Taxonomy

 BRE is advising on the development of a UK Taxonomy, which will help built environment investors make informed decisions about the sustainability of economic activities, such as new construction, renovations

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I-Construct and BRE to offer free help to 20 SMEs launching new construction products or services

I-Construct and BRE to offer free help to 20 SMEs launching new construction products or services

I-Construct, in association with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), is launching a free scheme to help 20 small and medium-sized businesses bring their new products or services to market.

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Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

In 2022 we must set our sights beyond compliance

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO at BRE As we come to the end of 2021 – a year of serious challenges probably few of us envisaged – where does sentiment currently lie
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English Housing Survey reflects impact of pandemic

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published the English Housing Survey for 2020-2021, which is partly carried out by BRE. This year’s data reflects the impact of

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Romanian retailer PENNY to make 300 stores greener by 2029 with BREEAM

Romanian retailer PENNY has made an unrivalled sustainability commitment across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). PENNY has made a hugely significant sustainability commitment, pledging to make 300 stores greener by

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Fuel poverty and its impact on domestic energy consumption in England

Helen Garrett, Principal Consultant, BRE The Department for Business and Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a series of reports as part of the Energy Follow Up Survey (EFUS), a

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Costs of MMC set to drop by a third

Costs associated with modern methods of construction (MMC) could fall by a third as demand in the sector grows, reveals a new report published today by Constructing Excellence at its

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BRE helps build new embodied carbon database 

BRE is collaborating with other industry leaders to develop a new Built Environment Carbon Database.   A lack of reliably available and consistent data has been one of the barriers preventing
Housing in England

BRE report finds poor housing is costing NHS £1.4bn a year

BRE report - ‘The Cost of Poor Housing in England’ - quantifies the cost burden to the NHS caused by hazards arising from poor quality homes in England Findings reveal
Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

BRE welcomes Budget business rates reforms

Today's Budget contained welcome changes to business rates - but showed that there is still much that could to be done to address the challenges of the climate emergency in

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The UK Heat and Buildings strategy. Does it go far enough?

After over a year of waiting, the UK government published the Heat and Buildings Strategy (HBS) alongside the Net Zero Strategy this week, which shows that the built environment is

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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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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