New BRE Trust research programme tackles built environment resilience

The largest UK charity dedicated specifically to built environment research, the BRE Trust, has announced a major three year funding programme to improve the resilience of buildings and infrastructure to the growing threats of flooding, wind damage and overheating associated with climate change.

BRE Global launches new certification scheme for thermal bridging

A new certification scheme intended to reduce the level of thermal bridging that can arise in homes to cause heat loss has been launched by BRE Global.

BRE calls for more strategic action on flooding

BRE has said that with one in six homes now under threat of flooding from rivers, sea and surface water a new approach to dealing with the risks is needed.

BRE and China’s top university collaborate on built environment research

Building science centre BRE and China’s top university - Tsinghua in Beijing - have announced a programme of joint research on Green and Low Carbon Urbanisation that is designed to support the Chinese government’s priorities for sustainable development and air quality improvement.

Private equity professional joins BRE

A private equity professional with experience of advising over 20 companies as a board member has joined the board of BRE as a non-executive director.

BRE programme looks at fire doors

BRE and the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) say widespread public concern about the integrity of fire doors in residential blocks being compromised has led them to launch an education programme to improve inspections.

Survey shows fire sprinklers are useful in larger warehouses

Fitting all large industrial warehouses with sprinklers would save English businesses around £210m a year – although for smaller warehouses they would not be cost-effective, a survey has revealed.

Digital man is new BRE chairman

Chris Earnshaw, a former BT director who played a major role in switching the UK network from analogue to digital, has been appointed non-executive chairman of BRE.

BRE teams up with Ecobuild next year

BRE has teamed up with the organisers of trade show Ecobuild to run a range of research projects in the run-up to the event in March next year.

£100m fund backs non-domestic retrofits

A £100m capital investment fund that could provide 100% backing for non-domestic energy efficiency retrofit projects in the UK has been launched by BRE with backing from Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL).

BRE teams up with Chinese developer

UK built environment research centre BRE and Shanghai International Shipping Services Centre (SISSC), a Chinese state owned developer, have signed an agreement designed to promote and grow sustainable construction in China.

BRE teams up with Birmingham City Council for Green Deal

BRE and Groundwork West Midlands are working with Birmingham City Council on a pilot community initiative as part of the Green Deal – Go Early programme.

Fabric First for AIMC4

H+H joined forces with Stewart Milne, Crest Nicholson, Barratt Developments and the BRE to complete 17 cost-effective low carbon homes in England and Scotland for the AIMC4 development scheme.

Scotland’s CIH and BRE team up on EPCs and learning

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and CIH Scotland have announced a collaboration on Energy Performance Certification (EPC) and learning services for the housing sector in Scotland.

Five make Daventry hub shortlist

The Board of the Innovative Construction Network (ICoN), represented by The University of Northampton and BRE, invited architects to enter an open, two-stage competition to design and build an exemplar innovation hub and office building, in Daventry.

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