From hollow rock to LEDs

The first lamp was invented around 70,000 BC. A hollow rock, shell or other natural object was filled with moss or similar material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. Jump a few thousand years, long before Thomas Edison patented his incandescent light bulb, British inventors were demonstrating that electric light was possible with … Continue reading “From hollow rock to LEDs”

Energy management – back to basics

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor,Ā despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems incorporating both mature and innovative technologies.Ā Building controls are designed to provide aĀ comfortable climate for building occupants while ensuring this is delivered with the lowest possible energy consumption. BRE’sĀ Dr. Andy Lewry, a fellow of the Energy Managers … Continue reading “Energy management – back to basics”

We are BRE

How much do you know about BRE? Whether you work in construction, manufacturing, government or real estate, you have most likely come across either our research, products, services, standards or qualifications in the UK and internationally.Ā  As like any complex organisation, we are much more than meets the eye.Watch the video below to get to … Continue reading “We are BRE”

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”

Designing for daylight and sunlight, and shading of buildingsā€“ what the BRE experts say

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

Lighting: 5 Reasons for you to Upskill

Lighting is a critical subject area in supporting the sustainability agenda. As such, here are our Top Five reasons why it is important to upskill knowledge of sustainable lighting. 2015 is the UN Year of Light ā€“ raising global awareness about light-based technologies promoting sustainable development; providing solutions to challenges in energy, education, agriculture and … Continue reading “Lighting: 5 Reasons for you to Upskill”

5 factors you should consider in assessing light pollution potential

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) have partnered with BRE Academy to supply their expertise to tackle the lighting skills gap in industry. Artificial lighting has transformed the way that we live through reducing dependence on changeable natural light ā€“ allowing us to expand the hours we can work and enjoy free time, all year … Continue reading “5 factors you should consider in assessing light pollution potential”