BRE Response to the National Planning Policy Framework Consultation

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s policy for local planning practitioners and stakeholders.  This includes the way in which local (and neighborhood) plans are developed and applications assessed, and also direction in respect to local policy ambition and requirements for issues such as health, security, climate change, housing etc. Like many … Continue reading “BRE Response to the National Planning Policy Framework Consultation”

BREEAM – Why building LCA?

  Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to total up the environmental impact of a product’s supply chain. Providing sufficient data is available on the product’s composition and supply chain, LCA can be used to work out the environmental impact of almost anything from a can of baked beans to a car. The results of … Continue reading “BREEAM – Why building LCA?”

Join BREEAM at The Sustainable Estates Forum

The Sustainable Estates Forum (21st-22nd June, Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire) is a cross-sector event designed specifically to meet the needs of those delivering and operating sustainable building

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 and BRE Sustainable Products

BREEAM launched its latest technical standard: BREEAM UK New Construction (NC) 2018 on the 7th of March 2018. Following a significant update, the ‘Materials’ category encourages whole building life cycle assessment and recognises and rewards construction products with independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). This blog explains how BRE’s sustainable products fit in with the … Continue reading “BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 and BRE Sustainable Products”

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 continues to drive energy performance improvements

Significant changes have been made to the way in which energy performance is assessed under the BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme within Ene01 – Reduction of energy use and carbon emission. In order to address the energy performance gap, new criteria rewarding more detailed energy modelling, encompassing regulated and unregulated energy uses has been … Continue reading “BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 continues to drive energy performance improvements”

Devising & delivering Social Sustainability & community resilience at neighbourhood level

GREENBUILD EUROPE  – Berlin – 18th April 2018     It is a sunny day in Berlin, and the GreenBuild Europe event is in full swing. I will be presenting a short course on the notion of Social Sustainability and community resilience at the neighborhood level and why it should be considered and implemented at … Continue reading “Devising & delivering Social Sustainability & community resilience at neighbourhood level”