BIM is about the Planet – we must learn from previous mistakes and not blow it (again?)

Keith Snook reports on the evolution of BIM and how it really is about saving the planet. In the rush towards BIM-enabled construction we need to remember what is at the core of what we call BIM, where it came from and maybe even consider how much further we could be along by now. Most … Continue reading “BIM is about the Planet – we must learn from previous mistakes and not blow it (again?)”

New Publication from BRE looks at integrating Life Cycle Assessment into BIM

Building information modelling life cycle assessment: An introduction to IMPACT A new information paper by author Daniel Doran considers how embodied impacts in buildings are measured and approaches to building-level life cycle assessment in BIM. The implementation of BIM opens up significant opportunities for designers and specifiers to really understand how the whole life impact … Continue reading “New Publication from BRE looks at integrating Life Cycle Assessment into BIM”

Bridging the Performance Gap

Watch our latest video where BRE researcher Andy Lewry discusses how to Bridge the Performance Gap Building Operators need clear and realistic guidance on targeting energy running costs and on the potential savings available. At their disposal are two seemingly irreconcilable indicators of performance: the EPC which provides a theoretical assessment of the asset and … Continue reading “Bridging the Performance Gap”

Future Cities mission highlights common themes in US success stories

Find out about the key learning points from the Future Cities Mission to three US cities The key learning points from the recent Future Cities Mission to the United States features on the Innovate UK website. The report by Richard Miller and myself looks at the key learning points from the mission to Chicago, San … Continue reading “Future Cities mission highlights common themes in US success stories”

The secret to unlocking investment in low carbon measures

New publication: Producing the business case for investment in energy efficiency “One of the biggest obstacles to the uptake of low-carbon measures is the production of a poor business case. The Dragon’s Den scenario, in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to secure investment, holds in that unless the business case stacks up and can take … Continue reading “The secret to unlocking investment in low carbon measures”

Visual alarm devices – their effectiveness in warning of fire

How effective are Xenon and LED VADs? The effectiveness of Xenon and LED visual alarm devices (VADs), used to warn deaf and hard of hearing people of fire, has been investigated in a recently completed research project. The purpose of this research project was to compare the responses of a group of participants to flashing … Continue reading “Visual alarm devices – their effectiveness in warning of fire”

Raising the bar for quality in the solar PV industry

The latest expert guidance on designing, specifying, installing and maintaining grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the UK is now available from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). With expert technical input from the BRE National Solar Centre, the IET Code of Practice for Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems gives solar PV system designers … Continue reading “Raising the bar for quality in the solar PV industry”