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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.

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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
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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
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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
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BRE responds to Heat and Buildings Strategy

Responding to the UK Government's Heat and Buildings Strategy, Gillian Charlesworth, CEO, Building Research Establishment (BRE), commented: “The Heat and Buildings Strategy is a good start, though it doesn’t provide

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Why we must act now on net zero

says Breana Wheeler, BRE's Director of US Operations The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report has not only highlighted that global temperatures are likely to rise above

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NABERS UK energy efficiency rating scheme for offices launches to enable more businesses to meet net zero

The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices  – NABERS UK Energy for Offices - is now available. Administered by BRE, the scheme will enable asset owners, operators and managers to assess and improve the energy efficiency of the office buildings in their portfolio.

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BRE celebrates 100 years of world class innovation in the built environment

Today sees BRE begin the celebrations of its centenary as a pioneer in the built environment. First formed in 1921 to carry out research into building materials and suitable methods
Challenges for the built environment: an ageing population

Challenges for the built environment: an ageing population

Following a trend across much of the developed world, the population of the UK is growing, and ageing. The UK population is projected to continue growing, reaching over 74 million
Sustainable finance and net zero: Why investors cannot afford to be left behind

Sustainable finance and net zero: Why investors cannot afford to be left behind

Now is the time for businesses of all shapes and sizes to step up and take action to decarbonise their real estate assets, writes BRE Group's James Fisher. The value

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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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