RTPI awards for research excellence 2018 winning project ‘Putting residents’ needs at the heart of healthy place-making’

This research project sought to help planners in Southwark to tackle urgent health challenges by identifying and implementing innovative healthy planning policy approaches informed by international best practice and residents’ views. Using funding from Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Charity and the BRE Trust, Helen Pineo worked with Southwark Council to review literature, develop social research methods, interpret and apply findings into local policy, and create a monitoring framework.  Find out more details.

The BRE Trust’s 20th  Anniversary Celebrations

BRE has been owned by the BRE Trust – the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment – since 1997.

In 2017 we celebrated our 20th anniversary by showcasing the achievements of the Trust and BRE during that time, some highlights of which are presented in this film (right).

New research facilities unveiled

Extensive investment in research facilities ensures that BRE remains at the forefront of built environment research. A new sound transmission suite and anechoic chamber, for example, further enhances BRE’s acoustics research and testing services.

Sound transmission suite

Sound transmission suites are used principally to investigate a construction element’s ability to reduce sound transmission – its sound insulation properties. The BRE sound transmission suite consist of three acoustically isolated rooms that are used to test the sound transmission performance of walls, floors, installed features (such as windows, doors, lights and vents), and fan and rain noise.

Anechoic Chamber

The new anechoic chamber is a specially constructed, silent and echo-free space for measuring sound. It is used to test the performance of products such as fire alarm sounders and loudspeaker systems, or to help manufactures of technologies such as heat pumps find ways of operating their equipment more quietly.


Our latest seminar sessions

BRE Trust supported seminar sessions cover key topics, ranging from assessing the health of cities to reducing false fire alarms, as illustrated in this selection of presentations recently delivered by BRE experts.