Materials for 3D Printing Using Drones – PhD Opportunity

This exciting PhD studentship will develop materials specifically for 3D printing civil engineering structures using autonomous drones.  Based at the University of Bath the candidate will form part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Imperial College London and University College London contributing to the objectives of the EPSRC Autonomous manufacturing grant ‘Aerial Additive Building … Continue reading “Materials for 3D Printing Using Drones – PhD Opportunity”

A straight forward approach to Energy management and building controls

Building controls, whether stand-alone units or full building energy management systems (BEMS), are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while consuming the lowest possible amount of energy. Controls can be used to manage heating, cooling, air-conditioning and lighting systems, blinds, fire and security systems and lifts. They can also be used to … Continue reading “A straight forward approach to Energy management and building controls”

The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions

A new report from IHS BRE Press analyses the cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions.  The report, funded by the BRE Trust, models the costs-benefit of some common preventive home interventions on a larger scale using national data sources. It builds on a workshop held in collaboration with Care and Repair England … Continue reading “The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions”

Wireless Sensors in Conditioned Based Asset Management

The rate of development of information and communications technology (ICT), sensor technology and data processing systems is creating major opportunities for the development of new services and solutions in a wide range of industrial sectors.  In particular it provides the opportunity to significantly improve our understanding of the condition of built environment, and in particular … Continue reading “Wireless Sensors in Conditioned Based Asset Management”

How secure is your building?

BRE’s Gavin Jones talks about the research that has gone into the new standard SABRE (Security Assurance by BRE). SABRE provides a framework that helps measure, understand and improve the security performance of facilities.    

7 ways to reduce unintended consequences from solid wall insulation

The environmental and financial benefits of insulating the UK’s older building stock are significant. However, if this is implemented badly, a number of unintended consequences could be introduced that could jeopardise the integrity of the building elements and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. A new report from BRE IHS press considers surveyors, designers … Continue reading “7 ways to reduce unintended consequences from solid wall insulation”

Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems

We caught up with Steve Pester, Principal Consultant from the BRE National Solar Centre to find out how work funded by the BRE Trust is helping improve safety and performance of photovoltaic systems. The research found that minor components installed incorrectly can lead to poor performance and safety issues in photovoltaic systems.  This was then … Continue reading “Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems”