In collaboration with industry and academia, the BRE Trust provides funding to support research carried out at six BRE University Centres of Excellence, bringing rigorous science to solve the challenges facing the built environment.

The BRE University Centres of Excellence currently support 110 PhD students, 39 full-time equivalent staff and 25 research associates, all carrying out cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of the built environment and how users interact with it.


BRE University Centres of Excellence

Each Centre of Excellence focuses on a specific area of the built environment which has been selected to complement the specialist areas that exist at BRE.

University of Bath – BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials
Research areas include: advanced and natural composites, low carbon materials, timber, concrete, steel and masonry

University of Strathclyde – BRE Centre for Energy Utilisation
Research areas include: dynamic simulation, building controls, energy demand, carbon reduction, low carbon offices, intelligent controls, energy reduction in homes

University of Edinburgh – BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering
Research areas include: building modelling, design, materials, structures and fire protection

Cardiff University – BRE Trust Centre for Sustainable Engineering
Research areas include: resilience of the built environment, assisted living/ageing population, renewable energy for the domestic sector, low carbon design. Click here for an overview of their PhD projects.

University of Brasilia – Centre for Integrated and Sustainable Communities 
Conducts leading research and development of tools and services that enable the creation, delivery and maintenance of a more sustainable built environment.