From the 1990’s in response to consumer concern over tropical forest population disturbance and wider deforestation, BREEAM began to encourage stakeholders to proactively mitigate associated risks.
BRE Global has appointed Philip Brownhill to manage its LPCB approval schemes for installers of passive fire protection systems. The schemes ensure that installers are appropriately trained and have the necessary expertise to install or apply the product correctly in buildings and infrastructure Philip brings with him significant experience in the fire protection industry, initially … Continue reading “BRE Global appoints new manager for its passive fire protection installer approval schemes”
Have you ever wondered why cracks occur? Often unsightly, anyone involved in owning, occupying, designing, constructing or maintaining buildings have dealt with buildings cracks. In most artefacts a crack indicates that the item has failed – or will do so shortly, no matter whether that item is a turbine blade or a teacup handle – and that … Continue reading “The science behind cracks in buildings”
We caught up with Steve Pester, Principal Consultant from the BRE National Solar Centre to find out how work funded by the BRE Trust is helping improve safety and performance of photovoltaic systems. The research found that minor components installed incorrectly can lead to poor performance and safety issues in photovoltaic systems. This was then … Continue reading “Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems”
A welcome sustainability focus, but short on value-delivering measures? I’m not sure, how many people have taken time over coffee to look at the Government’s Construction Strategy for 2016-20, published this week ? For me it was unsurprising in pledging £1.7bn of efficiency savings on its projects by 2020 balanced by a plan to … Continue reading “Government Construction Strategy”
A BRE Academy report launched at Ecobuild earlier in March has revealed that BIM and management skills, key to future development, are seen as lacking on a wider industry as well as an individual or organisational basis. This comes at a crucial time, only weeks away from Government’s mandate deadline, when all centrally procured public sector … Continue reading “Building Information Management: Addressing the skills gap”
A two day training course in Kathmandu, 30th -31st March, will introduce QSAND to humanitarian agencies in Nepal, supporting their vital work in disaster relief and recovery.
This article summarises the findings of a recent BRE Trust funded research project, performed in collaboration with the University of Reading, which analysed the data collected by the Code for Sustainable Homes (the Code) from its inception in 2007 until the end of July 2014 encompassing just over 105,000 post construction stage assessed dwellings. The … Continue reading “Code for Sustainable Homes – The Numbers”
Transport is both a problem and a solution for some of society’s biggest challenges including climate change, rising chronic diseases and growing healthcare expenditure. It was implicated in 3.7 million deaths from ambient air pollution in 2012 and annually results in 1.3 million deaths from road crashes.(1,2) Transportation infrastructure is also a major contributor to … Continue reading “Healthy places through urban transport”
Launched by BRE in partnership with the Mayor of London on Friday, the competition aims to help the capital’s major infrastructure providers gain a shared understanding of the location and state of their underground assets. Winners will earn the opportunity to pitch their innovations directly to organisations involved in providing key large-scale infrastructure across the capital, … Continue reading “Call for smart tech to map London’s underground assets”