Zero Energy Furniture

French designers are using phase change materials to create energy saving furniture. We’ve been looking at integrating phase change materials into buildings for some time, however theZeroEnergyFurniture   programme has been looking at how to deliver energy savings at furniture scale rather than at building scale. The Climatic Table is the first solution to be demonstrated.  … Continue reading “Zero Energy Furniture”

Science and technology roundup from around the web

Dutch SolaRoad performs better than anticipated 6 months into its pilot phase the SolaRoad, consisting of 70 metres of photovoltaic cycle path has generated over 3,000 kWh. New understanding of granular dynamics helps build stronger foundations Chinese and German researchers apply hydrodynamics to granular materials such as sand, grains, rock, salt and sugar to increase … Continue reading “Science and technology roundup from around the web”

Tune your windows to suit your mood

Switchable smart glass has been around for a while, however the University of Cincinnati, in partnership with Hewlett Packard and Merck Research Labs have developed tuneable window technology. The patent-pending technology enables occupants to change the brightness, colour and opacity of the windows.  The researchers claim this is a low cost solution that can eventually … Continue reading “Tune your windows to suit your mood”

Home Quality Mark Training

Home Quality Mark Training The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the new national quality mark designed to give people the confidence that the new homes they are choosing to buy or rent are well designed, well built, and cost effective to run. To carry out Home Quality Mark Assessments, when the scheme becomes live, you … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark Training”

Transition Training for ISO9001 and ISO14001

International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade. Why is transition training needed? All international standards are reviewed periodically to ensure they remain relevant to today’s market place. Following this process is was decided that ISO9001:2008 and … Continue reading “Transition Training for ISO9001 and ISO14001”

Friday Fives: 5 things you might not know about BREEAM In-Use

BREEAM In-Use (BIU) is designed to help building managers and owners reduce the running costs and improve the environmental performance of existing buildings. The scheme uses an assessment tool that can be completed by building managers and owners to self-assess their buildings. Want to know more about the BREEAM In-Use scheme? The 5 points below … Continue reading “Friday Fives: 5 things you might not know about BREEAM In-Use”

Re-engineering the city 2020-2050 | urban foresight and transition management

The Retrofit 2050 project aims to deliver a step change in current knowledge and capacity for urban sustainability by illuminating challenging but realistic social and technical pathways for the systemic retrofitting of UK city-regions. 80% of the UK population lives in urban areas1 , making cities a hub for energy and resource consumption, and potential … Continue reading “Re-engineering the city 2020-2050 | urban foresight and transition management”

IOBAC Interview – Collaboration and understanding your market the recipe for successful innovation

In the first of our series of six interviews looking at the innovation process we talked to Ian Spreadborough, MD of magnetised flooring company IOBAC. BRE first met IOBAC when the participated and won the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Innovation Zone at Ecobuild 2012. IOBAC’s technology takes standard forms of installing flooring and simplifies this into … Continue reading “IOBAC Interview – Collaboration and understanding your market the recipe for successful innovation”