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Fuel poverty and its impact on domestic energy consumption in England

Helen Garrett, Principal Consultant, BRE The Department for Business and Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a series of reports as part of the Energy Follow Up Survey (EFUS), a
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The UK Heat and Buildings strategy. Does it go far enough?

After over a year of waiting, the UK government published the Heat and Buildings Strategy (HBS) alongside the Net Zero Strategy this week, which shows that the built environment is
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Why we must act now on net zero

says Breana Wheeler, BRE's Director of US Operations The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report has not only highlighted that global temperatures are likely to rise above
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BRE celebrates 100 years of world class innovation in the built environment

Today sees BRE begin the celebrations of its centenary as a pioneer in the built environment. First formed in 1921 to carry out research into building materials and suitable methods
Challenges for the built environment: an ageing population

Challenges for the built environment: an ageing population

Following a trend across much of the developed world, the population of the UK is growing, and ageing. The UK population is projected to continue growing, reaching over 74 million
Sustainable finance and net zero: Why investors cannot afford to be left behind

Sustainable finance and net zero: Why investors cannot afford to be left behind

Now is the time for businesses of all shapes and sizes to step up and take action to decarbonise their real estate assets, writes BRE Group's James Fisher. The value
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Predicting service life of timber structures

Timber structures and commodities are exposed to several mechanisms that limit their service life. The term service life refers to the duration until a limit state is reached, i.e. when the performance is no longer deemed acceptable.
Aesthetics in architecture - how beauty and design are inspiring each other

Aesthetics in architecture – how beauty and design are inspiring each other

Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy concerning studies on the nature and expression of beauty or taste. The aesthetics of a building is one of the principal aspects considered in architecture. Changes in the appearance of materials can differ due to kinetics of the responses related to the material resistance as well as due to intensity of the degrading factors.
The Left Behind — Frameworks to build a better Britain

The Left Behind — Frameworks to build a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain: BRE's third roundtable discussion, held in Manchester, on the question “How can Britain’s built environment tackle social exclusion?”
How can Britain build a successful, lasting Built Environment Strategy for Scotland? — Frameworks to build a better Britain

How can Britain build a successful, lasting Built Environment Strategy for Scotland? — Frameworks to build a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain: BRE's second roundtable discussion, held in Edinburgh, on the question “How can Britain build a successful, lasting Built Environment Strategy for Scotland?”
Beyond Brick Walls — Frameworks to build a better Britain

Beyond Brick Walls — Frameworks to build a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain: BRE's first roundtable discussion, held in London, on the question “What Kind of Britain are we building?”
Human-Centric Lighting: The Future of the Workplace

Human-Centric Lighting: The Future of the Workplace

Since our society moved into large-scale office buildings and turned on static high-intensity ceiling lighting, it seems that we never looked back. For decades the notion of office spaces included,
The Power of Plants

The Power of Plants

Curtis Gubb is a PhD student at the University of Reading, UK, investigating houseplants and indoor air quality. His focus is on the impact of plants on the removal of
The Biophilic Office – Putting People First

The Biophilic Office – Putting People First

What impact does our workplace have on us as occupants? Health and wellbeing of staff is a hot topic for employers, with a growing understanding of the impact that our
How a BRE Office Became the Centre Piece for Major Biophilic Design Research

How a BRE Office Became the Centre Piece for Major Biophilic Design Research

A chance encounter in a traffic jam has led to a major scientific investigation on the wellbeing effects of biophilic design History tells us that people have always been influenced