Get involved – built environment women’s network event this September

Did you know that just 14% of the construction workforce is female according to the CIC diversity report, ‘A Blueprint for Change’? These findings are also supported by the recent BRE Academy Skills Gap survey, which reported a lack of gender diversity at all levels across the construction industry with 62% saying we need to … Continue reading “Get involved – built environment women’s network event this September”

BREEAM continues global growth with new collaboration for the US market

BRE, the world’s leading authority on all aspects of the built environment, has today announced the further expansion of BREEAM in partnership with  BuildingWise, the award-winning US-based LEED certification consultancy, to create BREEAM USA. BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities and operates in more than 70 countries. Over 530,000 certificates … Continue reading “BREEAM continues global growth with new collaboration for the US market”

Householders are wanted for greener mortgages research

Householders are needed to help with green mortgage research that will create more accurate information on energy costs and affordability feeding into the mortgage lending process. The survey gathers key information anonymously on homes, their energy ratings and their actual energy bills, allowing lenders to acknowledge that smaller fuel costs could permit more to be borrowed on the mortgage, encourage buyers … Continue reading “Householders are wanted for greener mortgages research”

Guidance to help combat the challenges of overheating in dwellings

Overheating is becoming commonplace in certain types of UK homes.  Trends towards increased urbanisation, combined with the potential effects of climate change and global warming could mean more homes will suffer from overheating and exacerbate the problem for those that already overheat. The guidance and the associated assessment protocol were produced by BRE, in collaboration … Continue reading “Guidance to help combat the challenges of overheating in dwellings”

Calling all householders! Researchers seek your help to create “greener” mortgages

Today the partners on a green mortgage research project called LENDERS are asking householders for their help to complete a survey that aims to gather key information on homes, their energy ratings and their actual energy bills. LENDERS is an Innovate UK funded research project chaired by Nationwide Building Society and involving mortgage lenders, building industry … Continue reading “Calling all householders! Researchers seek your help to create “greener” mortgages”

Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments

Lewisham Homes has partnered with the London Fire Brigade, BRE and the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) to carry out tests to examine how effective residential sprinkler systems are on mobility scooter fires. Steve Kilden, Fire Safety Advisor for Lewisham Homes said: ‘A growing number of residents need to use mobility scooters.  Because of … Continue reading “Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments”

Construction sector needs to address modern slavery in its supply chain

The findings of the Global Slavery Index released yesterday are shocking and put the onus on all of us to take positive action against the evils of modern slavery now affecting 48 million people worldwide says BRE’s Head of Responsible Sourcing Shamir Ghumra. ‘While the report cites the number of people affected in the UK at … Continue reading “Construction sector needs to address modern slavery in its supply chain”