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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 ...
BRE urges Conservative leadership to reaffirm commitment to net zero

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 ...

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.

BRE reduces gender pay gap from 25% to 7.2% in April 2021

BRE reduces gender pay gap from 25% to 7.2% in April 2021

We are committed to achieving a diverse and gender balanced team and eliminating the pay gap between men and women at BRE. The gender pay gap shows the difference in

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How decarbonising the built environment is the key to meeting net zero

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO at BRE The climate change crisis is not just about power plants and car engines: our homes and buildings play a huge role in warming our planet.

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BRE, BAM Nuttall and Attocore set up first 5G network in UK construction

BRE has partnered with BAM Nuttall and Attocore to create a secure, stand-alone 5G network that is being used on a UK construction site for the first time. BAM Nuttall's

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What does the Levelling Up White Paper mean for the built environment and net zero?

Tuesday 2 February 2022 saw the publication of the UK Government’s long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper, setting out its plans to “spread opportunity and prosperity

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BRE research identifies low carbon heating technology innovation opportunities for Scottish Enterprise

BRE research identifies low carbon heating technology innovation opportunities for Scottish Enterprise

Following the Scottish Government’s publication of its Heat in Buildings Strategy, BRE was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise to identify technical innovation opportunities in low carbon heating. Our research identified that

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Why we welcome the Carbon Emissions Buildings bill

The Carbon Emissions Buildings Bill was introduced to parliament by MP Duncan Baker and seeks to require the whole-life carbon emissions of buildings to be reported and to set limits

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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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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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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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