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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 ...

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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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.

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BRE announces new project with BEIS to modernise home energy rating scheme in time for Future Homes Standard

BRE, the world-leading building science centre, has today announced a new project with BEIS to improve and modernise the methodology used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK

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BRE welcomes leading industry expert Eloise Francis as Director of Innovation

BRE has today announced the appointment of Eloise Francis as its new Director of Innovation. In her new role, Eloise will be responsible for driving innovation, research, and technical excellence
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What does the Chancellor’s Spring statement mean for the built environment and net zero?

On Wednesday 23 March, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP issued his 2022 Spring Statement, setting out the state of the UK’s economy amidst rising inflation and a cost

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BRE responds to the UK Government’s Energy Security Strategy

Today’s Energy Security Strategy was a supply-side strategy whereas we are facing an urgent demand-side problem.
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BRE responds to Chancellor’s Spring statement

Following the Chancellor's Spring statement, BRE's CEO Gillian Charlesworth commented: "Measures to support households through the cost-of-living crisis are welcome."

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BRE announces winners of BREEAM Awards 2022

BRE has revealed the winners of its annual BREEAM Awards, announced at the BREEAM Summit and Awards 2022.

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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.


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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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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