Our track record of building research is second to none. From providing homes for soldiers returning from World War 1, to the resilience of today’s buildings to climate change, we have been at the forefront of research and development for nearly a century.

BRE provides impartial research services to local and national government in the UK and internationally, and to businesses and other private sector organisations around the world. We also conduct our own research programmes, funded by the BRE Trust (see below) from our commercial operations, often in partnership with other research organisations and research funders.

Bringing your ideas to life
Our capacity to generate new knowledge, support and test new ideas underpins the research services we offer in almost every aspect of the built environment.

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For more information about our research services

Call us on +443333218811if you would like to know more about our research services or need help with a specific issue – or email [email protected].

Find out about some of the research projects that have been funded through the BRE Trust

BRE’s Dr Deborah Pullen considers the highlights of the Trust’s work to date and its future work to maximise the impact of research and education in the built environment.

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The CLICKdesign project is developing a performance based specification protocol to enable a software tool for architects, specifiers and the public to embed service life performance specification for wood.

About CLICKdesign

Materials research

We have some of the most comprehensive materials research capabilities in the world. Our experts deal with all issues relating to the properties, use and sustainability of construction materials, and with new materials research.

About our materials research services

Fire research

With one of the largest and most advanced fire research facilities in Europe, we offer research and investigation services in all fire issues concerning buildings, infrastructure and transport.

About our fire research services

The Biophilic Office

A new research and demonstration project the Biophilic Office project will look at how we can make working environments beneficial to the health and wellbeing of the workers.

About the Biophilic Office

ECO-Binder Project

Demonstration on-site and laboratory durability study

About ECO-Binder


QUANTUM is a four year-long EU funded project which started in January 2016.  By developing and demonstrating pragmatic tools and services, QUANTUM aims to help close the quality and performance gap between building systems design requirements and real installations.