Australia adopts British Standard for cladding fire performance

Australia is the most recent country to adopt British Standard BS 8414, in the recently published AS 5113 standard for determining fire performance characteristics and classification of external walls of buildings. The inclusion of the British Standard in AS 5113 adds to the growing international recognition of BS 8414 as a robust means of determining … Continue reading “Australia adopts British Standard for cladding fire performance”

Hertfordshire to become the UK’s green technology centre

The Green Triangle partnership of leading research, education and local government organisations, BRE, Rothamsted Research, University of Hertfordshire, St Albans City & District Council and Oaklands College today announced ambitious plans for an internationally influential centre of excellence for green technology. ‘Comprising a cluster of environmental research, engineering, education, science and technology businesses, the Green … Continue reading “Hertfordshire to become the UK’s green technology centre”

New BRE Trust report shows poor quality homes in England cost the NHS £1.4bn per year, and wider society £18.6bn

Research from BRE reveals the £18.6 billion cost of leaving poor quality housing in England unimproved. Although we’ve largely eradicated the diseases associated with the slums of Victorian Britain, there remain a significant number of health and safety hazards in many homes.  This is compounded by the fact that the UK has some of the … Continue reading “New BRE Trust report shows poor quality homes in England cost the NHS £1.4bn per year, and wider society £18.6bn”

BRE introduces new test programme and guidance for low carbon cements

BRE is now offering testing services related to new performance standard PAS 8820, which has been developed for manufacturers, specifiers and designers of concrete containing alkali-activated cementitious material (ACCM*). Designed to encourage the use of AACMs in the construction industry because of their low carbon and improved fire resistance properties and resistance to chemicals and … Continue reading “BRE introduces new test programme and guidance for low carbon cements”

Prater achieves BRE BIM Certification

Specialist building envelope contractor Prater, is the latest company to achieve BRE BIM Level 2 business certification just after the Government’s compliance mandate for public sector projects is activated. With a number of landmark private sector projects in its portfolio including the Emirates Stadium and Heathrow T4, Prater is also a significant player in the … Continue reading “Prater achieves BRE BIM Certification”

BRE Trust joins the Campaign for Science and Engineering

The BRE Trust, the largest independent UK charity focused on research and education in the built environment, has joined the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE). CaSE was created in 1986* with a mission to raise awareness of the cultural and economic importance of scientific and technological education and development in the UK. With over … Continue reading “BRE Trust joins the Campaign for Science and Engineering”