The role of planning in delivering a safe and secure built environment

Steve Quartermain CBE, Chief Planning Officer for England has this month reminded Planning Authorities of the important role of planning in delivering a safe and secure built environment. The letter recommends pre-application discussions between planning officers and security advisors to ensure a shared understanding of the level of risk and the sort of measures available … Continue reading “The role of planning in delivering a safe and secure built environment”

Martin Shipp becomes IFE International President 2017-18

BRE Global’s Fire Safety Technical Development Director, Martin Shipp, was installed as the Institute of Fire Engineers’ International President.  BRE team members witnessed Martin’s inauguration at the recent IFE International Conference (11/12th July 2017). Pictured left to right: Peter Bonfield, Steve Manchester, Martin Shipp, Ciara Holland, Connor McIntosh, Jeremy Ockenden at the IFE Gala Dinner, … Continue reading “Martin Shipp becomes IFE International President 2017-18”

Homebuyers have potential to borrow more with better forecasting of energy bills, new research shows

Leading experts in home energy and financial services analysed data for 40,000 properties Fuel efficiency and fuel bills link has generated new calculator for consumers More accurate energy expenditure estimates could vary maximum loans by up to £11,500 More accurate assessment of home energy bills by lenders could vary maximum mortgages by up to £11,500 … Continue reading “Homebuyers have potential to borrow more with better forecasting of energy bills, new research shows”

Is your ductwork safe?

Minimising fire risk, maximising hygiene and functionality are all good reasons to ensure your building’s ductwork is effectively maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. The new Loss Prevention Standard (LPS 2084) seeks to minimise fire risk from ducting. In response to the issues caused by ineffective cleaning and maintenance, BRE Global has launched a new … Continue reading “Is your ductwork safe?”

World first biophilic design research project connects buildings with nature

A live office refurbishment will provide environmental and human data as evidence for positive health and wellbeing impacts on office occupants BRE has launched The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of office occupants. The project … Continue reading “World first biophilic design research project connects buildings with nature”

It all started with Johnnie

Tyres have been made from wood as well as leather,  iron and steel (wrapped around wooden wheels), and used on carts and wagons. The original spelling was ‘tire’, which comes from the French word tirer: to pull. Pneumatic tyres The first practical air-filled pneumatic tyre was made in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop, a Scots-born vet, for his … Continue reading “It all started with Johnnie”

World first biophilic design research project connects buildings with nature

A live office refurbishment will provide environmental and human data as evidence for positive health and wellbeing impacts on office occupants BRE are today launching The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of office occupants. The … Continue reading “World first biophilic design research project connects buildings with nature”