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”

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”

Alkali-activated binders for precast and ready-mixed concrete products

Alkali-activated (AA) binder technologies can utilise locally available clays, waste materials and industrial by-products in combination with a manufactured chemical activator. The production of AA binder technologies uses less energy and produces less carbon dioxide than conventional Portland cement (PC). Although low-carbon concretes made from AA binders share some materials in common with conventional PC-based … Continue reading “Alkali-activated binders for precast and ready-mixed concrete products”

Growing Cities Sustainably

The global trend of urbanisation poses opportunities and challenges for city leaders. Rapidly growing cities will need to build infrastructure and services which support people to access jobs and education. Leading cities will provide a good quality of life to residents and achieve success in the global marketplace by creating resilient, sustainable and healthy urban … Continue reading “Growing Cities Sustainably”

Lighting impacts on health and what the industry should know

Adequate lighting and lighting controls, including the provision of emergency lighting, are essential to enable people to work and move around a building or external site safely. Poor lighting, particularly lighting that causes glare, can give visual discomfort which may result in sore eyes, headaches, and aches and pains associated with poor body posture. It … Continue reading “Lighting impacts on health and what the industry should know”

Latest edition of BRE bestseller Building on Fill: Geotechnical Aspects

IHS BRE Press has just published the 3rd edition of the bestselling publication Building on fill: geotechnical aspects.  The latest revision, funded by the BRE Trust, draws on more than 40 years of BRE’s research and consultancy in the field. A high proportion of commercial, industrial and housing developments are now built on fills, that … Continue reading “Latest edition of BRE bestseller Building on Fill: Geotechnical Aspects”

DESIGNING TO REDUCE THE CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL VULNERABILITY OF NEW BUILDINGS

  A free to download Information Paper from authors Vina Kukadia and Alan Abela looks at how buildings can be made more resilient to chemical, biological and radiological threats. Buildings are currently not designed specifically to offer protection against chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) releases. However, should a CBR event occur, it has the potential … Continue reading “DESIGNING TO REDUCE THE CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL VULNERABILITY OF NEW BUILDINGS”