New Home Quality Mark puts consumers at the heart of house building

Leading building science centre BRE introduces a national quality mark for new housing that will transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent and allow house builders to differentiate themselves in the marketplace at a time of rapid growth. Using a simple 5-star rating, the Home Quality Mark will give home buyers … Continue reading “New Home Quality Mark puts consumers at the heart of house building”

New guidance released on bridging the energy performance gap in buildings

A new report produced by the BRE Trust and the Energy Services and Technology Association aims to help facilities managers and building operators bridge the energy performance gap in their building portfolio, so consumption and costs can be reduced for business benefit. Director of ESTA, Robin Hale says ‘Buildings rarely perform as well as their … Continue reading “New guidance released on bridging the energy performance gap in buildings”

BBC Watchdog Test House – series 2

BBC Watchdog Test House returned to film a second series of the daytime BBC1 show earlier this year, and the 15-part series, which goes out at 11.45am each weekday until 20 March is back on our screens and the BBC iPlayer now. See the Watchdog Test House dedicated page.

“We live in a power station”, The Sunday Times

Sarah Lonsdale writes “…Meanwhile, on a windswept patch of parkland just north of Watford, an extraordinary-looking house with a long, sloping, transparent orange roof…” – describing the integrated PV array on the BRE Smart Home, in this piece in The Sunday TImes (subscription required)