The Warm Arm of the Law – Tackling Fuel Poverty in the Private Rented Sector

The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), working in partnership with CAG Consultants, have published the Warm Arm of the Law, an Ebico Trust funded (through any profit made by the energy supplier Ebico) research project looking at the extent to which the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Minimum Energy Efficiency … Continue reading “The Warm Arm of the Law – Tackling Fuel Poverty in the Private Rented Sector”

Getting results with building LCA

  As described in the earlier article Why building LCA?, BREEAM New Construction 2018 requires building LCA to be carried out for the new Mat 01 issue. The requirements in Mat 01 focus on rewarding good quality building LCA through comparison with a benchmark and options appraisal. Starting with the project brief/requirements, designers use building … Continue reading “Getting results with building LCA”

Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building

Building more high-quality new homes that fit our current and future needs is a national priority.  BRE has developed the Home Quality Mark (HQM) to provide developers with the tools and framework to differentiate, prove and communicate the benefits of their homes. This then gives consumer, clients, financiers and the wider sector the information and … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building”

New leadership for BRE’s Building Performance Group

Alan Somerville has been appointed as the new Director of BRE’s Building Performance Group which incorporates flagship brands BREEAM, CEEQUAL, HQM and SmartSite along with BRE key services related to strategic advisory & housing and energy. Former Head of Energy, Infrastructure & Sustainability, EMEA at real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield, Alan has over 25 years’ … Continue reading “New leadership for BRE’s Building Performance Group”

Beijing’s Peninsula hotel refurbishment achieves international BREEAM rating

Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Group (HSH Group) sets a precedent for sustainable renovation with the BREEAM refurbishment of their seminal Peninsula Hotel in China’s capital. In a complex feat of engineering and design, the Peninsula Beijing transformed its 525 rooms into 230 luxury suites during its 2017 renovation. Sustainable design features that formed part … Continue reading “Beijing’s Peninsula hotel refurbishment achieves international BREEAM rating”

Earth Overshoot Day 2018

Today, August 1st, has been announced as 2018 Earth Overshoot Day; by the Global Footprint Network (GFT). This is the day when yearly global human consumption of natural resources passes the point that can be regenerated naturally. Earth Overshoot Day has been identified by comparing our global ecological footprint, or how fast we consume resources … Continue reading “Earth Overshoot Day 2018”

BRE announces Crest Nicholson development as the first Home Quality Mark certified home

BRE has certified the first Home Quality Mark (HQM) approved residences, Lancaster Grange, in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire. The landmark seal of approval on the 100-unit development, by Crest Nicholson, provides buyers with the added assurance that their new home is designed, built and will perform to a high environmental standard to meet owners’ health and … Continue reading “BRE announces Crest Nicholson development as the first Home Quality Mark certified home”