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How can lower carbon cements and concretes reduce embodied carbon in the built environment?

Higher building standards and renewable electricity generation are also leading to reductions in CO2 emissions from the day-to-day, operational energy used in buildings. However, construction industry stakeholders are increasingly focused ...
BREEAM Version 7 set to embrace new Biodiversity Net Gain legislation

BREEAM Version 7 set to embrace new Biodiversity Net Gain legislation

To preserve biodiversity of land that assets occupy, the UK government is making Biodiversity Net Gain mandatory for all England-based developers during 2024. Discover how BREEAM Version 7 will help ...
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BRE calls for reforms to EPCs to help decarbonise UK homes

Reforming Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to be net zero-ready will speed up the decarbonisation of the UK’s built environment, according to a new report published today by the Building Research ...

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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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.

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BRE comments on the UK government’s Autumn 2022 budget statement

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announced earlier today, Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), commented: “Today’s announcement by the Chancellor of a new long-term ambition and funding
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Help test the Built Environment Carbon Database

The Built Environment Carbon Databsase is entering the testing phase to make sure that the service is fit for purpose and is aligned with industry practice. We're now calling for

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Help us push for a net zero future and inform the development of the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard

The UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard coalition, which includes BRE, is calling for evidence from UK built environment industry practitioners.

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BRE joins over 900 organisations by signing the Race at Work Charter

BRE has joined over 900 employers in signing up to the Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed by Business in the Community (BITC) for businesses to collectively commit to

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BRE joins Business in the Community to embed its commitment to being a responsible business

BRE has joined Business in the Community (BITC), to embed its commitment to being a responsible business. Formed in 1982, and with His Majesty King Charles III as its Royal

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BRE rebrands its world-leading sustainable infrastructure scheme CEEQUAL to BREEAM Infrastructure

BRE's leading international evidence-based sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure projects, CEEQUAL – is being rebranded to BREEAM Infrastructure.

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Retrofitting our building stock is an immediate and cost effective solution to the energy price crisis

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), commented on the Chancellor’s fiscal statement made on 23 September 2022. “We were disappointed to see that today’s mini-budget contained no

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BRE’s BIM certification scheme amongst the first to achieve UKAS accreditation

Building Research Establishment (BRE), the world-leading building science centre, has today announced that its “ISO 19650-2:2018 Information Management Certification for Businesses using BIM” scheme, which is used by organisations across the
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Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), comments on today’s leadership election result

“The new UK Government must ramp up its action on climate change – and central to this should be driving a green transition in the built environment. We were pleased

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Insulate our buildings and switch to renewables, says BRE’s CEO Gillian Charlesworth

"Insulating our buildings is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent energy bills from spiralling further and ensuring households and businesses see immediate savings year-on-year" says Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of

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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.

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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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