BREEAM in Kuwait

The modern history of Kuwait nestling as it does in the top of the Persian Gulf is a whirlwind of social, political and economic reforms.

Managing Risk in Construction

Blindfold chess is played by a strong player without being able to see the chess board. The player sits with his/her back to the chess board and calls out the moves (I presume), or wears a blindfold. Blindfold chess is not a recommended method to managing risk… However, playing chess and managing risk have a lot in common. … Continue reading “Managing Risk in Construction”

BRE partners on cross-Europe energy performance research project

Four-year QUANTUM project aims to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in European buildings through quality management QUANTUM, a new research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is aiming to close the estimated average 25% gap between designed and actual energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance … Continue reading “BRE partners on cross-Europe energy performance research project”

Cable manufacturers will be left out in the cold without CE Marking, says BRE Global

BRE Global turns up heat on cable CE Marking as July 2017 deadline looms. Manufacturers risk losing out on trade opportunities with Europe without appropriate CE marking for their cable products, says BRE Global, the UK leader in fire, security and environmental testing and certification of construction products. The warning comes with just months to … Continue reading “Cable manufacturers will be left out in the cold without CE Marking, says BRE Global”

BRE testing takes prototype for improving solid wall heat loss measurement to the next stage

BRE has carried out first stage tests on a prototype device for rapid and accurate measurement of heat losses (U-values) from solid wall homes. Created by Finnish University Arcada with input from Salford University, the device was entered into a BRE competition aimed at developing viable assessment tools to help improve the thermal performance of … Continue reading “BRE testing takes prototype for improving solid wall heat loss measurement to the next stage”

Inspire a generation

‘We British are natural born pessimists. After some initial euphoria on winning the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games in 2005, the “British Disease” kicked in and we reverted to type. “Waste of money”, “it will be late”, “it will be rubbish like the Millennium Dome” etc. When construction contracts were being tendered some … Continue reading “Inspire a generation”