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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 ...

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
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Building an effective net zero strategy with BREEAM

Investors and owners in every major real estate market in the world are grappling with the risks and opportunities presented by climate change, and the pressing need to decarbonise the

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Poor housing will cost over £135.5bn over the next 30 years without urgent action

A new cost-benefit analysis published today by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) has revealed that remedial work to England’s poorest housing could provide £135.5 billion (bn) in societal benefits over
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Driving change: BREEAM and net zero carbon update

As the need to address the impact of the built environment becomes more urgent, the launch of BREEAM Version 7 consultation and BRE’s net zero carbon survey aims to put
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Changing the way we heat our homes to meet net zero: putting households at the centre.

According to BRE research, sixty two percent of British home owners wouldn’t feel at all confident explaining how a heat pump works and in Autumn 2022 a UK government survey

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BRE consults on net zero BREEAM update

BRE launches consultation to seek views on a major update to its world-leading sustainability assessment method, BREEAM.

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27,500 Dutch homes provide BREEAM’s largest single certification yet

Vesteda, a Dutch residential investor has achieved the single largest real estate sustainability certification in the world, through BRE’s leading certification scheme, BREEAM.

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NABERS UK Energy for Offices expanded to whole buildings & tenancies

BRE launches an expansion to NABERS UK Energy for Offices – the leading energy efficiency rating scheme for existing office building to include Whole Building and Tenancy ratings.

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BRE calls for a longer term approach to support planning and investment, as UK Government announces climate strategy

BRE responds to the UK Government's climate strategy, with Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of BRE commenting that "although there are welcome steps towards certainty for business, a longer term approach to

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Why we welcome the National Planning Policy Framework evolving to reflect carbon

Only by understanding the full carbon impact of all planned developments, including embodied and operational carbon emissions, can the planning system begin to incentivise carbon neutral or – even better

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BRE responds to the UK Spring budget

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of BRE responded to the Spring Budget, commenting, "Some promising announcements made by the Chancellor in terms of driving energy efficiency in local areas and business. Granting
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Tackling cold homes would save the NHS £540mn per year, new BRE research reveals

New analysis of the latest English Housing Survey data by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) finds that excessively cold homes in England could be costing the NHS £540mn a year
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BRE supports Sustainable Energy Association’s decarbonisation report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) and Partners’ latest report ‘A Technology-Agnostic Approach to Heat and Buildings Policy’, that has been supported by BRE, details the benefits of a technology-agnostic approach

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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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