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Built Environment Carbon Database calls for industry collaboration

Built Environment Carbon Database calls for industry collaboration

In response to the need to address the built environment’s impact on climate change, the Built Environment Carbon Database (BECD) has been developed and is now available. The initiative aims ...
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COP 28 to begin in Dubai, highlighting need for immediate climate action

The annual COP conferences are a key platform for world leaders, experts, and organisations to address the climate crisis. This year’s COP 28 takes place as ...
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BRE China Awards 2023 highlight pioneering sustainability initiatives

The 2023 BRE China Awards recently concluded in Shanghai, celebrating exceptional contributions to sustainability through BREEAM ...

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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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 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

I-Construct and BRE to offer free help to 20 SMEs launching new construction products or services

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
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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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Romanian retailer PENNY to make 300 stores greener by 2029 with BREEAM

Romanian retailer PENNY has made an unrivalled sustainability commitment across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). PENNY has made a hugely significant sustainability commitment, pledging to make 300 stores greener by

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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

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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