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BRE comments on the UK’s Energy Bill

Today’s announcement from Grant Shapps, the Business and Energy Secretary, committing to the government’s Energy Bill is a major step forward in ensuring Britain’s energy security ...
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BRE’s research and expertise supports Defra’s indoor air quality report

BRE has provided technical content and expertise on indoor air quality (IAQ) for Defra’s indoor air quality report. People spend a substantial amount of their lives indoors (often 80 to ...
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How BREEAM can help organisations fulfil EU Taxonomy requirements

The BREEAM Guide to the EU Taxonomy and BREEAM, shows how the BREEAM suite of products can be used by stakeholders to save time in meeting the EU Taxonomy requirements ...

Poor housing costs the NHS £1.4bn a year

The BRE report ‘The Cost of Poor Housing in England’ quantifies the cost burden to the NHS that is caused by hazards in poor quality homes in England. 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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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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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 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, 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

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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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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