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BRE Academy collaborates with BRANZ to deliver BIM training in New Zealand

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The BRE Academy, the leading provider of training for the built environment is pleased to announce a new collaboration with BRANZ, an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company.

Part of the BRE Group with a heritage of conducting world leading science-based research for over 90 years, the BRE Academy applies this knowledge in the development of training programmes which meet the demands of the modern built environment. Training programmes are developed by world-renowned specialists who have shaped industry standards.

As a host partner of the BRE Academy, BRANZ will enable training courses to be delivered on Building Information Modelling (BIM). This new partnership will continue to build on the working relationship BRE and BRANZ have had over many years as well as support the work BRANZ is doing in collaboration with government and industry in New Zealand.

Commenting on the collaboration, Pauline Traetto, Director of the BRE Academy said ‘We are delighted to be working with BRANZ to deliver a BIM education programme which is specifically tailored to meet and support adoption of BIM in the New Zealand market. At the BRE Academy we pride ourselves on being able to adapt our science based content and knowledge to meet specific local market requirements. I look forward to working with BRANZ, now and in the future, to understand how the education programme has benefitted and enabled the execution of BIM within the sector.’

Many organisations are looking to develop their people’s skills to meet the requirements of BIM, which will become mandatory on all large scale publicly procured projects in the UK by 2016. The BIM approach focuses on the importance of collaborative working processes. Utilising information-rich models, BIM will improve the quality of information throughout the lifecycle of a project resulting in improved communication and understanding, an elimination of waste and ultimately cost-savings for both contractors and owners.

The BIM education programme is part of an on-going collaboration between key construction industry groups and the New Zealand Government to increase the adoption of BIM and realise the productivity gains it has to offer.

Andrew Reding, spokesperson for the New Zealand Productivity Partnership and Chair of the New Zealand BIM Acceleration Committee, says industry training is critical to their strategy to accelerate the introduction of BIM.

‘We are very pleased to collaborate with the BRE Academy and BRANZ to deliver this training in New Zealand. It is an opportunity to bring international knowledge and expertise to New Zealand and increase the understanding of the benefits and application of BIM among building industry professionals in this country,’ he says. ‘While BIM adoption is rising quickly in New Zealand, high-quality training will enable us to further raise awareness of BIM and encourage its adoption among a wide range of industry professionals.’

BRANZ will deliver the Academy’s BIM International foundation course covering topics including: what BIM is; where BIM has been successfully used internationally and information management and project life cycles. Delegates will receive information on relevant national and international standards, methods and procedures to help them implement BIM Level 2.

For further details on the first BIM courses to be delivered under the collaboration please visit

For further information please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email [email protected]


BRE Academy

Education for excellence in the Built Environment is at the heart of the BRE Academy. We pride ourselves on providing high quality, world class training and education programmes which are developed and delivered in partnership with BRE and industry experts. We aim to: lead the industry by delivering educational excellence, address the knowledge and skills gap, develop the next generation of skilled operatives and professionals and deliver accessible and practical CPD, and lifelong learning programmes.


BRANZ is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing services and resources for the building industry. BRANZ core purpose is to improve people’s lives through our research and to inform, educate and motivate those who shape the built environment. The two main areas of activity are:

  • research and investigate the construction and design of buildings that impact the built environment in New Zealand
  • enable the transfer of knowledge from the research community into the commercial building and construction industry.