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BRE responds to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s update to UK green policies

BRE has long argued that we urgently require a clear, long-term plan to transition our homes and buildings away from fossil fuel boilers and on to clean heat, and the ...
BRE Global signs MoU with Dubai-based fire testing laboratory Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants

BRE Global signs MoU with Dubai-based fire testing laboratory Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants

BRE Global and Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations ...
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Environmental Product Declarations for construction products with BRE

The built environment contributes 40% of greenhouse gases globally. In an era defined by growing environmental consciousness, businesses are increasingly recognising the need to adopt sustainable practices to mitigate their ...

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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Latest housing data finds that 1.9 million households affected by overheating

New housing data in the English Housing Survey shows that in 2020-21, 1.9 million (8%) households reported that at least one part of their home got uncomfortably hot. Almost 100%

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BRE comments on the Chancellor’s energy support package

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO at BRE comments on the announcement of the Chancellor's energy support package in response to the energy crisis.

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As energy bills rise, how can we tackle fuel poverty in the UK? 

As energy bills continue to rise, the latest fuel poverty data, which we produced for the UK Government, reveals the household groups who are most at risk.

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BRE announces pilot scheme with Croudace Homes to test net zero homes in time for Future Homes Standard

BRE announces a pilot scheme in partnership with regional residential developer, Croudace Homes, to evaluate the environmental and societal impact of homes.

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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

Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

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.
Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

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."

BRE announces winners of BREEAM Awards 2022

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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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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