Making a positive difference in the built environment since 1921.

BRE is a world leading, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings and infrastructure, through research and knowledge generation.

We use our cutting edge research to develop a range of products, services, standards and qualifications that are used around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment.

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Our Mission

To build a better world together

Our Vision

To enable positive change in the built environment


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Products and Services


Leading international provider of blended learning training and education programmes for professionals and employers

The BRE Academy’s content rich and high quality on-line and classroom based courses and learning materials are developed by BRE and industry experts, to be shared with a vast audience from students to professionals who work within the Built Environment. Visit for our online and classroom training or try some of our free construction courses.


The world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings

Inspiring developers and creators to excel, innovate and make effective use of resources. The focus on sustainable value and efficiency makes BREEAM certified developments attractive property investments and generates sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them. Visit the BREEAM Website to find out more


One of the challenges of making buildings safe and secure, is selecting and installing fire safety and security products that actually do what they claim

The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) has been working with industry and government for more than 100 years to set the standards needed to ensure that fire and security products and services perform effectively. Find out more on the LPCB website


The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is a national standard for new homes

Using a simple 5-star rating to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home’s design, construction quality and running costs. Find out more on the HQM website


Helping you improve health and safety

Part of SmartSite, YellowJacket health and safety software tool is the smart way to save time, money, and lives while improving general quality of performance across your construction projects, business, and supply chain. Find out more about the YellowJacket health and safety tool


Helping you cut costs and environmental impact

When it comes to the environmental impact of your construction or demolition site, it’s important to understand where you can be making improvements to become more sustainable, while also saving time and money. Find out more about the BRE Smartwaste Construction Waste management tool


A security assessment and certification scheme for buildings and built infrastructure assets

The scheme recognises and rewards good practice and inspires owners, occupiers and operators to measure their performance so they can make informed investment decisions, communicate their security credentials to interested parties and benefit from greater transparency. Find out more about the SABRE security assessment and certification scheme


The evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering

Delivering improved project specification, design and construction of civil engineering works. CEEQUAL rewards project and contract teams in which clients, designers and contractors go beyond the legal and environmental and social minima to achieve distinctive environmental and social performance in their work. Find out more

We look back at 20 years of BRE Trust achievements and positive impact.

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. To celebrate it, a celebratory open day of seminars, tours and demonstrations on our Watford site was designed to give you a flavour of our past and present.

News & Insights

BRE Group welcomes new Non-Executive Director

BRE Group welcomes new Non-Executive Director

Recognised leader in energy, sustainable development and transport, Darran Messem, joins BRE Group, the world’s leading, multi-disciplinary building science centre ...
Three exceptionally able leaders join the BRE Trust

Three exceptionally able leaders join the BRE Trust

Three “exceptionally able” leaders join the BRE Trust "We are delighted to welcome three exceptionally able new Trustees to help ...
Gillian Charlesworth invites Wales' policy makers and senior building experts to discuss the country's built environment needs

Gillian Charlesworth invites Wales’ policy makers and senior building experts to discuss the country’s built environment needs

On Wednesday 5th June, Gillian Charlesworth, BRE’s new CEO, will bring together 20 senior decision makers, including politicians, civil servants, expert ...
BRE Group welcomes new leadership

BRE Group welcomes new leadership

Gillian Charlesworth has taken up the role of CEO at BRE Group, the world’s leading building science centre. Gillian brings ...

Modern Day Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act, which came into force in March 2016, has brought issues of slavery into sharp focus within the business and the construction industry. Watch our short video to understand where slavery might be hiding in your construction project.

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. As standard setters in responsible sourcing, we feel that BRE should be the paragon of good practice in ensuring that workers are treated ethically and fairly no matter what they do or where they work. We will strive to improve our practices and to ensure that those we work with do so as well.

Full Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

If you have a concern about Modern Slavery and want help, report a suspicion or general advice please contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.