Good Building Guide: Sound Insulation in Dwellings

New publication from IHS BRE Press provides practical guidance on designing and building homes with better sound insulation. With the global shift towards urban living and higher density developments, the issues surrounding noise in our homes is becoming ever more important. Unwelcome noise can be a major cause of stress and ultimately impact on the … Continue reading “Good Building Guide: Sound Insulation in Dwellings”

BRE Trust publishes latest research findings online

Find out more about the important work the BRE Trust is doing to advance research and education in the built environment. The latest annual BRE Trust Review summarises recently completed projects funded through the BRE Trust’s research programme in the areas of sustainability, fire, energy, health and materials. In addition, a wide range of recent … Continue reading “BRE Trust publishes latest research findings online”

Researching standards and tools to support sustainable infrastructure

Perhaps even more than buildings, civil engineering and infrastructure projects need third party certification to verify and demonstrate their attributes and there is considerable scope to apply rigorous standards and tools such as BREEAM to them. The National Infrastructure Plan published in 2011 identified a pipeline of 550 projects valued at £310bn. There is a … Continue reading “Researching standards and tools to support sustainable infrastructure”

Air quality, radon and airtightness – what the BRE experts say

IHS BRE Press have just released an updated series of BRE Expert Collections. These collections pull together BRE’s extensive range of publications including Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information Papers into collections relevant to practitioners today. ‘Air quality, radon and airtightness: A collection of BRE expert guidance on the design and construction … Continue reading “Air quality, radon and airtightness – what the BRE experts say”

Designing for daylight and sunlight, and shading of buildings– what the BRE experts say

IHS BRE Press have just released an updated series of BRE Expert Collections. These collections pull together BRE’s extensive range of publications including Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information Papers into collections relevant to practitioners today. ‘Designing for daylight, sunlight and shading of buildings’ looks at the wealth of knowledge relating to … Continue reading “Designing for daylight and sunlight, and shading of buildings– what the BRE experts say”

Tiled floors with underfloor heating: A guide to minimising and repairing cracking

Information Paper from IHS BRE Press provides practical guidance for architects and specifiers. “A common cause of problems in rigid tiled flooring is cracking, associated with underfloor heating. Over the years, BRE has investigated numerous cases where stone or ceramic tiles have been laid onto a screed only for cracks to appear in the tiles … Continue reading “Tiled floors with underfloor heating: A guide to minimising and repairing cracking”

New Publication from BRE looks at integrating Life Cycle Assessment into BIM

Building information modelling life cycle assessment: An introduction to IMPACT A new information paper by author Daniel Doran considers how embodied impacts in buildings are measured and approaches to building-level life cycle assessment in BIM. The implementation of BIM opens up significant opportunities for designers and specifiers to really understand how the whole life impact … Continue reading “New Publication from BRE looks at integrating Life Cycle Assessment into BIM”

Bridging the Performance Gap

Watch our latest video where BRE researcher Andy Lewry discusses how to Bridge the Performance Gap Building Operators need clear and realistic guidance on targeting energy running costs and on the potential savings available. At their disposal are two seemingly irreconcilable indicators of performance: the EPC which provides a theoretical assessment of the asset and … Continue reading “Bridging the Performance Gap”