BRE is the UK partner in the pan-European project “EPISCOPE” which is developing consistent dwelling typologies, and investigating the potential for energy efficiency refurbishment of the housing stock.  The overall strategic objective of the project is to make the energy refurbishment processes in the European housing sector transparent and effective. Principally, this will help monitor progress … Continue reading “IEE Project EPISCOPE”

The S-IMPLER way to insulate solid wall homes

Working in collaboration with BRE, Carillion Energy Services and other key partners, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is set to launch S-IMPLER, a new research and demonstration project designed to help the refurbishment sector achieve effective and economical retrofit of insulation in solid wall homes. Supported by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy … Continue reading “The S-IMPLER way to insulate solid wall homes”

Sustainable Estates Options Appraisal Methodology (SEOAM)

SEOAM is online guidance to assist non-domestic estate owners and investors with including sustainability as an integral part of strategic decision making process. Please note the technical content of the guidance is currently in testing and development phase. This is not the final guidance, so please read it with caution. A recent study ‘Towards a greener future’ by … Continue reading “Sustainable Estates Options Appraisal Methodology (SEOAM)”

West London Property and Asset Management Programme

A Scoping study to identify the potential for collaborative carbon reduction projects Project Background and Client challenge The West London Alliance (WLA) is a partnership of six West London councils – Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow. The WLA aims to: ‘promote the interests of West London residents and businesses; improve and develop … Continue reading “West London Property and Asset Management Programme”

Project: Sitting rooms to cities: refurbishing the existing stock

The BRE Trust has commissioned this research to establish the socio-economic and environmental benefits of large scale domestic refurbishment projects to the local community in the area. The aim of this research is to identify mechanisms which can contribute to a localised “ripple” effect and increase uptake of energy efficient refurbishment projects in the area. … Continue reading “Project: Sitting rooms to cities: refurbishing the existing stock”

Report: Photovoltaics Field Trial

Study to look at the design, construction, commissioning and performance of PV systems at 28 housing schemes. The PV Domestic Field Trial (DFT) was the largest PV monitoring effort within the UK starting in 1999 and finishing in 2007. Groups of domestic buildings were monitored through all phases of design, building integration, commissioning and operation.  This has … Continue reading “Report: Photovoltaics Field Trial”

Design for Future Climate – Developing an Adaptation Strategy

Executive Summary Published on the 31st of March 2010, Departmental Adaptation Plans (DAPs) set out the adaptation strategy for each government department in accordance with the key risks posed by projected climate change. In response to these  publications, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) launched a competition to fund the development of strategies that could be … Continue reading “Design for Future Climate – Developing an Adaptation Strategy”

The National Refurbishment Centre

Green refurbishment: gathering evidence for a nationwide delivery The National Refurbishment Centre is from the Energy Saving Trust, with partners from across the sector. Its aim is to provide evidence and knowledge that support a step-change in the delivery of green refurbishment and retrofit on a nationwide scale. With energy bills rising and the UK … Continue reading “The National Refurbishment Centre”