Having studied climate change and other critical environmental and social issues of the 21st century during my time at university, I knew that my career had to focus on making a positive impact in these fields. With its huge diversity of expertise and outstanding reputation, BRE seemed like the ideal place to begin the impactful … Continue reading “My Construction Role Model: William McDonough, Michael Braungart and cities as ecosystems”
Bria Fast, from Minneapolis, USA, is the first ever volunteer to join the QSAND team. She has been supporting the project in Nepal where the concept of a self-assessment tool is still very new.
As an engineer, I always think about how we can improve the way things are done. One of the areas that interested me during university was energy and how we can use and produce it more sustainably. Initially, I thought energy use in transport would be where my career would lead. However after seeing the … Continue reading “My Construction Role Model: Elon Musk and energy innovation”
Having a career which leaves a positive and meaningful impact on society is my top priority. From a young age I was aware of the problems we face as a species, to name a few: declining natural resources, environmental degradation and climate change. Learning about these problems inspired me to study Environmental Geoscience at Cardiff … Continue reading “My Construction Role Model: What inspired me to work for BRE”
[pullquote]”You must put your heart and soul into [your career], if you’re going to make it work.” Victoria Hills, CEO, OPDC. [/pullquote] Over 150 women and men from across the built environment came together on 20th September to #BEInspired by our speakers’ stories and to network with their colleagues. The theme for the event, organised by … Continue reading “Do you want to push boundaries in your career? Hear these stories and #BEInspired”
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”
Today, 10th October, it is World Mental Health Day, aiming to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. At a time where 1 in 5 admit to calling in sick to avoid workplace stress and up to 30% of us would rather avoid talking to our line managers about mental health issues directly … Continue reading “Mental Health: Health & Safety Beyond the Physical”
The Bloc development in downtown Los Angeles is the first project in the USA to be registered for assessment under BREEAM In-Use.
I knew I was interested in working in the environmental sector since the end of my time at school, however my decision for this was confirmed while at sixth form. It was an area I felt had some of the greatest threats of the 21st century posed against it with the impact of climate change, … Continue reading “My Construction Role Model: The teacher that inspired me”
The BRE Trust-funded research project ‘Security glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?’ followed a spate of ‘smash-and-grab’ attacks to steal expensive goods such as jewellery and designer clothing from window displays. These attacks showed that in some cases glazing offers the least resistance to forced entry in situations where criminals are … Continue reading “Security Glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?”