BRE is proud to be a founding member of the UK Green Building Council and in the ten years of its existence we have contributed to the group’s mission of promoting a more sustainable built environment. We are a extensive contributor and take an active role in the UK-GBC’s member committees and working groups.

UK-GBC’s State of Sustainability in the UK Built Environment

BRE is a contributor to the UK-GBC’s new report released as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations. We have contributed data from BREEAM and SMARTWaste, two of our leading tools for the improvement of the built environment. See below for a few details and a short explanation of what we provided for the 2017 report. Going forward, we plan to work with UK-GBC on the future development of this report.

BREEAM has provided certified project data for UK assessments undertaken and certified in 2016. The data represented the number of projects that achieved BREEAM credit issues relevant to the 5 key priority areas of the report. These included – mitigating and adapting to climate change, eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency, embracing and restoring nature and promoting biodiversity, optimising the health and wellbeing of people and creating long-term value for society and improving quality life. More on BREEAM at


SmartWaste® is a web-based membership tool allowing users to measure and monitor construction-site impacts. The tool can be used for a number of purposes from preparing, implementing and reviewing SWMPs or RMPs to producing Industry waste benchmarks as well as online measuring and reporting on waste, site energy, fuel and water use, etc. This membership tool is frequently updated and offers the user flexibility, reporting and support. SmartWaste has been in use since 2008 and data from completed construction projects has been analysed to remove potential outliers and produce benchmark figures. Where sufficient completed projects are available, data is split into different project types and classifications. More on SMARTWaste at


We’re also celebrating…

This year we are also celebrating – It is 20 years since BRE came under the ownership of the BRE Trust – the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment.  During that time the outputs and activities of the Trust have helped to focus BRE’s involvement in UK-GBC. Click on the video here for more on the work of the BRE Trust.