2007 – Cutty Sark

On the morning of the 21st May 2007 the Cutty Sark, which had been closed and partly dismantled for conservation work, caught fire and burned for several hours before the London Fire Brigade could bring the fire under control. Peter Mansi (now of FI UK) was the manager of the London Fire Brigade team of … Continue reading “2007 – Cutty Sark”

High performance, sustainable coated UK timber for exterior applications

A scoping study being conducted for the Forestry Commission The Forestry Commission are supporting a project with BRE that is critically appraising the opportunity for utilising coating technologies on selected UK grown timber to produce a high performance coated exterior wood product. The products under consideration for this technology may be fully factory finished and … Continue reading “High performance, sustainable coated UK timber for exterior applications”

Bio-resins for re-engineered UK wood products

A scoping study being conducted for the Forestry Commission This project aims to provide the platform upon which ForestryCommission can evaluate support for emerging bio-resins and theirapplication in timber re-engineering industry in UK. The study consistsof an appraisal of the status of bio-resins worldwide and the driversand barriers dictating commercial growth, their fitness for purposeand … Continue reading “Bio-resins for re-engineered UK wood products”

Higher machine settings for UK grown Scots Pine

Case study: Forestry Commission:  Scot Pine shows great potential for penetrating higher values markets. In a recent study by BRE for the Forestry Commission (The quality of Scots pine from the Grampianand Cairngorm regions of Scotland), it was identified that the inherent qualities of the material being processed shows great potential for penetrating higher values markets. … Continue reading “Higher machine settings for UK grown Scots Pine”

Modelling Sitka spruce properties

Case study: Forestry Commission: Linking batten performance  to silvicultural models Project Aims: The objective of the project is to develop combined batten performance and silvicultural models, and to apply and validate recent research findings by both organisations in particular from the EU compression wood project and DTi PII project on timber scanning. Project Objectives: Correlate … Continue reading “Modelling Sitka spruce properties”

Physical and mental health of urban dwellers could be significantly improved by rethinking transport design

Taking a new approach to designing city streets and other transport infrastructure could make a significant impact on improving public physical and mental health, a report by Arup, BRE, University College London and AREA Research has shown. The study, Health + Mobility: A design protocol for mobilising healthy living, provides civic leaders, city planners and … Continue reading “Physical and mental health of urban dwellers could be significantly improved by rethinking transport design”

Peter Bonfield appointed as advisor to Chinese Institute for Sustainable Urbanisation

BRE’s Chief Executive Peter Bonfield has been appointed as international advisor to a new Institute for Sustainable Urbanisation created by China’s National Development Reform Commission and Tsinghua University. The Institute aims to create a new low carbon development model for China as its built environment expands apace to meet market demand for new homes, buildings, … Continue reading “Peter Bonfield appointed as advisor to Chinese Institute for Sustainable Urbanisation”

New BRE and ESTA guide helps businesses gain value from ESOS audits

A newly published briefing paper from BRE in collaboration with the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) addresses the opportunities that an ESOS audit offers and how organisations can benefit from them. Aimed at businesses that don’t already have energy-savings measures in place, it provides guidance on how ESOS compliance processes can be optimised in … Continue reading “New BRE and ESTA guide helps businesses gain value from ESOS audits”