Hulhumale, the City of Hope

In February, HDC (the Housing Development Corporation of the Maldives, the state-owned master developer of the new island city of Hulhumale) contacted the BRE regarding our potential involvement in assessing future developments there. A small delegation from BREEAM have returned from talks regarding further co-operation with HDC on this ambitious project. Known mainly as a … Continue reading “Hulhumale, the City of Hope”

Getting results with building LCA

  As described in the earlier article Why building LCA?, BREEAM New Construction 2018 requires building LCA to be carried out for the new Mat 01 issue. The requirements in Mat 01 focus on rewarding good quality building LCA through comparison with a benchmark and options appraisal. Starting with the project brief/requirements, designers use building … Continue reading “Getting results with building LCA”

Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building

Building more high-quality new homes that fit our current and future needs is a national priority.  BRE has developed the Home Quality Mark (HQM) to provide developers with the tools and framework to differentiate, prove and communicate the benefits of their homes. This then gives consumer, clients, financiers and the wider sector the information and … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building”

5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A lot has changed for solar over the last 5 years.  … Continue reading “5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre”

BRE is more than green buildings, it’s changing the impact of the built environment.

When BRE rolled out BREEAM In-Use in America, it was to fill the gap of the 5.6 million existing buildings that were not being addressed with available green building rating systems. BREEAM In-Use doesn’t involve prerequisites so nearly any commercial building no matter what size, age or condition could benefit from using the program to … Continue reading “BRE is more than green buildings, it’s changing the impact of the built environment.”

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?”

Improving sustainability of social housing in Brazil

Last month at the British Expertise International Awards, BRE won the International Collaborative Project award for the “Advancing the Sustainability of Social Housing in Brazil” project working closely with Caixa Econômica Federal from Brazil, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Brazilian Ministry of Cities as key partners. The project aims were to raise … Continue reading “Improving sustainability of social housing in Brazil”