Innovative App could help Social Landlords Tackle Fuel Poverty

An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders, developed by building science centre BRE in partnership with developer Cruden, was launched  this week by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP. Mr Swinney visited the award winning BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig to hear how the new RetrofitLab App will allow housing associations, social landlords and housebuilders … Continue reading “Innovative App could help Social Landlords Tackle Fuel Poverty”

Why Train as a BIM AP?

  Our courses have been developed by Professor Mervyn Richards, OBE, the author of the process known as BS1192:2007 and with Paul Shillcock co-author of PAS1192-2:2013; Mervyn and Paul are actively involved in supporting the UK Government in defining and adopting ‘BIM Level 2’.   Find out more about our BIM Level 2 Fundamentals Courses … Continue reading “Why Train as a BIM AP?”

Innovative App could help Social Landlords Tackle Fuel Poverty

  An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders, developed by Building Research Establishment (BRE) in partnership with Cruden, has officially been launched by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP. [pullquote]The RetrofitLab App has wide-ranging social, health, environmental and energy saving benefits. – Allan Callaghan, Cruden[/pullquote] Mr Swinney visited the award winning BRE Innovation Park … Continue reading “Innovative App could help Social Landlords Tackle Fuel Poverty”

Latest edition of BRE bestseller Building on Fill: Geotechnical Aspects

IHS BRE Press has just published the 3rd edition of the bestselling publication Building on fill: geotechnical aspects.  The latest revision, funded by the BRE Trust, draws on more than 40 years of BRE’s research and consultancy in the field. A high proportion of commercial, industrial and housing developments are now built on fills, that … Continue reading “Latest edition of BRE bestseller Building on Fill: Geotechnical Aspects”

Do green buildings pay?

In recent years there have been different views expressed about the value of investing in sustainable buildings. On the one hand is the view that green buildings can be more valuable – being cheaper to run, attractive to tenants and more secure against the impacts of increasing sustainability legislation. On the other there has been … Continue reading “Do green buildings pay?”

Developing resilience to natural disasters

How do those responding to the world’s growing number of natural disasters ensure that the affected communities have viable futures after the relief workers have gone home?

Closing the skills gap – how important is it for future construction?

For those of us who spent time at UK Construction Week recently the answer is a resounding ‘very’. Several seminar sessions explored the issues including ‘The Skills Debate – Moving words into action’, ‘Retaining and attracting talent in the UK Construction sector’, ‘How can the home build industry improve traditional skills training to overcome site skills shortages’ and ‘Best … Continue reading “Closing the skills gap – how important is it for future construction?”

The Great British BIM Off

It’s not often that baking and construction are compared, but that just what our BIM training manager, Dan has done. Whilst watching the Great British Bake Off last night, he found himself thinking about how similar baking can be to working with BIM. He took to his LinkedIn and shared his thoughts in this fantastic … Continue reading “The Great British BIM Off”

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”